The Chelsea striker and Arsenal defender will both face their former clubs in Saturday’s all-London FA Cup final

Olivier Giroud had just breathed life into Chelsea’s ill-fated hopes of Champions League qualification and knew where to run. It was May 2018, two managers and an eternity ago to anyone in that camp, and after glancing in the winner against Liverpool he sprinted for the overflow seats behind Antonio Conte’s bench.

David Luiz was his target and the pair embraced with the warmth of teammates who had been through the mill for years, never mind the three months since Giroud had arrived from Arsenal. “I know it’s difficult for him because he is coming back from injury,” Giroud said, referring to half of the story given the defender’s falling-out with Conte that season. “It’s not easy when you see the boys training and you are having treatment. He’s a good friend of mine and that’s it.”

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