Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has conceded that his team face a ‘difficult task’ to overcome Chelsea in the FA Cup final after losing key centre-back Laurent Koscielny to a domestic ban.
Koscielny will miss the showpiece event at Wembley this weekend after picking up a straight red card in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.
Bellerin has branded the Frenchman “a player who is very important”, and the full-back has claimed that Arsenal face a tough challenge to beat Chelsea without their vice-captain.
Bellerin told Arsenal.com:
“He’s a player who is very important to us and has worked hard throughout the year for us. To miss him in the last game is going to be difficult.”
Arsenal ended their 2016-17 Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over Everton at the weekend, but it was not enough for the Gunners to finish in the top four.
Indeed, the capital outfit have failed to finish in a Champions League position for the first time under the leadership of Arsene Wenger, but they will have the chance to win a 13th FA Cup title against Premier League champions Chelsea this weekend.