Arsene Wenger has an Arsenal selection headache ahead of the FA Cup final - Wojciech Szczesny or David Ospina

Ospina is the No 1 but Szczesny has played in previous rounds

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Arsene Wenger has a selection dilemma ahead of the FA Cup final against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Does he go with his No 1 goalkeeper David Ospina, or stay loyal to the man who has helped Arsenal progress through the previous rounds of the competition, Wojciech Szczesny?

The Polish goalkeeper has only played in the competition since he was dropped on New Year's Day following a terrible performance at Southampton. Szczesny was responsible for both goals and further infuriated Wenger after smoking in the showers following the loss.

Szczesny was also at fault for Reading's goal in the FA Cup semi-final, but Wenger has always been loyal to his players and make give the 25-year-old another chance.

Ospina has been largely impressive since he was made No 1.

The Gunners boss must also decide if Theo Walcott will start up front after his hat-trick in last season's Premier League-concluding 4-1 defeat of West Brom.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he was revealing nothing.

"I will not tell you anything today," Wenger said. "Nobody knows at the moment. I just think it is important to focus as a whole squad on winning the trophy.

"Most of the time the heroes are the people who come on in an FA Cup final - they make the difference. That's why it is important as a reward for the whole team who have fought very hard the whole season to get there.

"Let's deal with it as a whole squad."

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"It's not easy. I would love to do it but I'm not honestly focused on that," Wenger said.

"I like to beat records but that's not the most important thing on Saturday.

"I'm more focused on the fact that we have fought so hard to get there.

"We went to Man United to qualify and we had to win big games to get there. Now we want to finish the job.

"The most important thing is that we come back home all together and happy."

Additional reporting from PA

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