Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has told BBC Sport that Jack Grealish is key to Aston Villa’s chances of winning against Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup at London’s Wembley Stadium this afternoon.
The 19-year-old attacker is likely to start the encounter behind lone striker Christian Benteke, and Nevin believes that the youngster could be decisive.
“If Aston Villa are going to win the FA Cup, then I suspect that Jack Grealish is going to be pivotal for them,” the Scot told BBC Sport.
“History is made in this place (Wembley). At the end of the game, this young man (Grealish) could be a legend.”
Under Villa manager Tim Sherwood, Grealish has been playing brilliantly over the past few weeks and will be a menace to the Arsenal defence.
Grealish created 18 chances in 17 Premier League appearances in the 2014-15 campaign, and had a pass accuracy of 93% and a shot accuracy of 71%.
The teenager won three headers, 23 dribbles and seven tackles in those 17 league matches.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international’s movement and decision-making will be something that the Gunners will need to watch out for.
This is Villa's first FA Cup final since 2000, when they lost 1-0 to Chelsea at Wembley. This is also the first time that the Villans will face Arsenal in the final of the prestigious competition.