May 26, 2017 / 6:00 AM / 3 months ago

Arsenal must stop Hazard in Cup final, says Ramsey

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(Reuters) - Arsenal must make a quick start in Saturday's FA Cup final and clamp down on Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard to reduce his impact on the game, midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said.

Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 in a thrilling Premier League encounter at home in September but Hazard drove Chelsea to a 3-1 win in February, scoring the second goal and being named Man of the Match at Stamford Bridge.

"I think the way we started the (home) game in the first half was very good. ... We were very quick, we counter-attacked well, closed them down, got about them." Ramsey told the club's website. (www.arsenal.com)

"It was a different game (away) and we perhaps let individuals have a bit too much space. Hazard went on a bit of a run and put the ball in the net.

"We can't let that happen again, we have to be right in his face and stop that at source."

Arsenal are looking to seal their third FA Cup trophy in four years and win the competition for a record 13th time.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru

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