Arsenal lifted the 2020 FA Cup last weekend, seeing off Chelsea 2-1 at a deserted Wembley.

It might be a little early to look ahead to next season’s showpiece final, but we’ve picked out three sides who will expect to be in the mix.

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Manchester City

City’s dominance of England’s domestic trophies has been quite something under Pep Guardiola.

Their FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal was their first in an English cup competition since February 2018.

Guardiola’s strength in depth means that whichever team they put out in the cup is capable of getting the job done.

City finished too far behind Liverpool last term and will want to come back stronger next time around. Lifting the cup would be evidence they’ve done exactly that.

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Arsenal

After a period of nine years without a trophy, Arsenal have now won four of the last seven FA Cups.

They should have the taste for trophies under Mikel Arteta but the Premier League will likely remain out of reach so the FA Cup is their best hope of domestic glory.

Plenty will rest on whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stays in north London, but Arteta has shown himself adept at seeing off big hitters in big matches, as well as guiding his players over the line under the pressure of a final.

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Tottenham

If Spurs don’t win the FA Cup next season, it will be 30 years since they last lifted the famous old trophy.

They haven’t lifted silverware of any kind since 2008 but in Jose Mourinho, they have a manager who has done exactly that everywhere he’s been.

The FA Cup is the most prestigious trophy Tottenham have a realistic chance of winning next term.

Mourinho must know his pragmatism will mean he is judged on trophies in north London, so it’s likely he will take the cup seriously.

Imagine a north London derby in the final, with Tottenham looking to end 30 years of hurt…

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