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The Joy of Six: Talking Points from the FA Cup semifinals

The FA Cup returns this weekend with two exciting semi-finals between England’s elite. Chelsea will tussle with Tottenham on Saturday for a spot in the finals and Arsenal will take on Manchester City on Sunday. The clashes promise to bring out the best in four quality sides and we present you the things you can look forward to for this weekend.

Manchester City struggling to attract fans

When City take up the field in Wembley, don’t be surprised if there are some empty seats in the away corner. Experts believe that Sunday afternoon kick-off could have upset the fans who will have to travel back to Manchester. It is also pointed out that there could be transport issues in the area with the London Marathon taking place on the same day. But surely, the clash between two of the best clubs in England for a spot in a major final should be worth the hassle? Apparently, City fans don’t think so.

 

1 of the richest clubs in the world can't sell out a semi final. #PlasticFans
'City struggling to sell cup tickets'https://t.co/VJXtLqfM5d

— lee chapman (@chapas7saints) April 21, 2017

 

Abramovich era marks 800 games

The Abramovich era at Chelsea enters a new phase as the club is set to play 800th match since the Russian took over. It is safe to say the London side have come a long way since his introduction and the players will look to reward the owner with a thumping performance against Spurs.
 

Tomorrow's game will be the 8️⃣0️⃣0️⃣th competitive match since Roman Abramovich became owner of the club in 2003… https://t.co/qRRXbcZLHe

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 21, 2017

 

Gabriel marks his miracle return

The Brazilian sensation was expected to miss the entire season following an operation (foot) in February.  In a surprising turn of events, reports have emerged that the Brazilian could be fit for this pivotal clash in Wembley. Though there has been no official confirmation yet, his return could bolster City’s push for a place in final and for a top four finish.

 

Gabriel Jesus is looking better than ever. These touches are unreal. pic.twitter.com/4iGb8ggBc3

— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) April 19, 2017

 

John Terry’s Last Cup game

At one stage or other, you can expect the club captain to take up the field on Saturday. There is a huge chance that the former England captain could make yet another appearance in the final, should Chelsea qualify. Terry will retire having never lost to Spurs in 22 years of his playing career at Stamford Bridge.  He will be eager to get the better of their London rivals to cap off an amazing playing career.

 

John Terry at @ChelseaFC
713 games
66goals
4 #PL Titles
5 FA Cup Titles
3 League Cup Titles
1 @ChampionsLeague Title
1 @EuropaLeague Title pic.twitter.com/xo50uVD3Z1

— FYS Football (@FYS_Football) April 17, 2017

 

Arsenal’s last chance saloon

The voices are getting louder for the Frenchman to be removed from the top job at the Emirates. The gunners are struggling, look set to miss out on top 4 and will want to win FA cup to salvage something from the season. Wenger could decide to go with his new found 3-4 3 and it will mark for an exciting open clash.

 

Arsene Wenger considers ditching four at the back after it proved a success for Arsenal at Middlesbrough https://t.co/NuqFzBZy3g pic.twitter.com/BHYdzRNsw8

— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) April 19, 2017

 

The only thing I'd back Wenger into is a cab out of the club. https://t.co/6sJSvzr5wx

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 20, 2017

 

Premier League’s best at show

The FA cup semi-final action between Chelsea and Spurs will see 8 of the 11 players selected in the PFA team of the year. The match will be played under immense expectations and Wembley will be set on fire with exploits of exceptional talents on show.

Four of our players have made the @PFA's Premier League Team of the Year! 👏https://t.co/VcYL6NtAJD

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 20, 2017

 

Congratulations to @HKane, @dele_alli, @kylewalker2 and Danny Rose on being named in the @PFA team of the year! #COYS pic.twitter.com/wmfSftVAtP

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 20, 2017

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