Kieran Gibbs v Victor Moses
Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs and Chelsea’s Victor Moses could both be replaced this summer. Gibbs has found a home as a wing-back, just as Moses did earlier in the season. Neither are perhaps natural to the role they are asked to play, but both have taken to it comfortably.
The way Moses’ career has been revitalised has been a headline of Antonio Conte’s wonders this season. The Nigerian was the most unlikely of Chelsea heroes, yet he has been as important as any of the Blues’ stars. Improved defensively and still a threat in the final third, Moses will be an outlet Chelsea look to on a frequent basis.
The key down this flank, though, is which player can take the initiative. Chelsea have struggled when Moses has been pegged back at times this season, as it leaves their front three without the simple wide pass. Should Gibbs and Alexis Sanchez try to hold him deep, Conte may tell him to relinquish defensive responsibilities and sit high up the pitch which flips the dilemma into Wenger’s lap.
It may not be the most glamorous of matchups at Wembley, but it could be the most important.