The Gunners are the most successful club in the history of the competition having lifted the trophy 12 times previously, six of those triumphs coming under current boss Arsene Wenger.
Today’s final could be the Frenchman’s last match in charge of Arsenal ahead of his contract expiring next month, while Alexis Sanchez could also be bidding farewell to the club if recent reports are to be believed.
Having missed out on the top four for the first time in 20 years this season, the FA Cup is the be all and end all for Arsenal this season.
The north Londoners pushed hard to qualify for the Champions League in the latter stages of the campaign and that will at least mean they arrive at the national stadium in good form having won eight of their last nine in all competitions.
The Gunners will start as underdogs against champions Chelsea though, not least because they are struggling for numbers at the back.
Laurent Koscielny is suspended for the cup final after his sending-off against Everton on the final day of the Premier League, while Gabriel picked up a knee injury during the same game.
Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt with concussion, meaning Per Mertesacker is in line for his first start of the season if Wenger sticks with playing three centre-backs.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez are both expected to be passed fit having trained this week.
Chelsea arrive at Wembley looking to complete the double for only the second time in their history having got their hands on the Premier League trophy last weekend.
The Blues wrapped up the title with two games to spare so have been able to cruise across the line before last Sunday’s celebrations.
Chelsea finished 18 points ahead of Arsenal but Antonio Conte believes his team are the underdogs due to their opponent’s desperation to win a trophy this season.
“We could start as underdogs because we won the league and we celebrated,” said the Italian.
“It was right to enjoy the moment, but we face a team who lost the possibility to play in the Champions League and this is their only chance of saving the season.
Chelsea are at full strength for the cup final and Conte has confirmed John Terry will start on the bench for his final match as a Blue.
It’s honours even from the two league meetings between the two teams this season, Arsenal winning 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium in September before Chelsea got their revenge at Stamford Bridge in February.
The last time the two sides met in the 2002 FA Cup final it was Arsenal who were celebrating, Freddie Ljungberg and Ray Parlour helping the Gunners complete the double on that occasion.