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Aubameyang, Lacazette, Luiz and Arsenal stars tune up for the FA Cup final - in pictures

Gunners desperate to finish season on a high against Chelsea

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has called on the club to back Mikel Arteta in the transfer window.

Arteta, who could deliver an FA Cup for the Gunners on Saturday, is at the start of a rebuild job at the Emirates Stadium and his first summer transfer window will be an important one.

Finances could be tight as the club battle the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and just how much they have to spend could be determined by the outcome of the final with Chelsea and whether Arsenal make Europe or not.

"It's a huge game for Arsenal. We need it far more than Chelsea because we need that European place," said Seaman.

"To end a season where we are eighth in the league and no European football is not a very good season at all for Arsenal's standards. We really need it.

"I am so desperate for us to win it. All that desperation comes through the fact that we have not had the best of seasons and we need that European qualification.

"Not just for the club, but also to attract other players as well. I am sure Arteta has got plans to bring players in.

"I just hope the board backs him on what he wants and who he wants, because in Mikel Arteta we have got a really good manager and you don't want to lose someone like that just because the board won't back him or give him money to spend.

"They need to buy the players he wants. He knows what he is doing, he will know what he wants and hopefully he can get those."

Arteta has a decision to make at Wembley, with goalkeeper Bernd Leno back in training after a knee injury.

In the above gallery, Leno and his teammates enjoy tuning up for Wembley.

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Updated: July 30, 2020 11:19 AM

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