Where to watch FA Cup Final; Arsenal vs Chelsea preview
Willian must help Chelsea break Arsenal hearts in the FA Cup final tonight — but could end up playing for them next season.
The Brazilian, 31, is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and appears destined to leave Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea want him to stay but first-team chances are likely to be limited with the Londoners set to continue spending having already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
Frank Lampard’s overhaul of a team that finished fourth in the Premier League has left Willian weighing up a host of potential destinations.
And a move across the capital may be the most appealing, especially as compatriot David Luiz made the same switch to the Emirates last August.
Willian is in contention for a place in Lampard’s starting XI at Wembley after missing Chelsea’s Champions League qualification-clinching win over Wolves last weekend.
Willy Caballero is set to continue in goal and N’Golo Kante could also feature following a hamstring injury, but fellow midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is sidelined once again.
Lampard’s faith in Caballero has increased speculation that record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga is surplus to requirements after a string of unconvincing performances.
Chelsea head into the final as favourites to lift the Cup but Arsenal arguably have more to play for with a place in the Europa League at stake.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta must mastermind victory without injured defender Shkodran Mustafi, who will miss the start of next season after undergoing hamstring surgery.
Keeper Bernd Leno has returned to training but Arteta will stick with Emiliano Martinez, while Rob Holding is set to continue in a back three alongside Luiz and Kieran Tierney.