It could be Arsenal in 12 months’ time… Champions League Final preview

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12 months is not a long time in the whirlwind world of football, so there’s every chance that in a year Arsenal could be stepping out to play in the biggest game around in place of Barcelona or Juventus.

The Italian and Spanish sides will of course be competing in this weekend’s showpiece clash, but just imagine a Final with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil working their magic before Per Mertesacker lifts the cup aloft.

Juventus and Barcelona are both gearing up for Saturday night’s Champions League Final in the knowledge that a win will secure them a trophy treble.

The Italian and Spanish champions have already secured their domestic leagues and cups in impressive campaigns and know that only 90 minutes (plus potential extra-time and penalty-kicks) stand in the way of continental glory. The clash will see Massimiliano Allegri and Luis Enrique face off in Berlin’s Olympiastadion and will throw up some interesting duels between the likes of Lionel Messi and Leonardo Bonucci and Carlos Tevez and Gerard Pique.

The Catalans are widely seen as favourites to lift the iconic trophy, but Juve are by no means out of the running after dispatching of Real Madrid in the semi-finals to ruin any hopes of a Clasico bout on the biggest stage.

The crunch match kicks off at 19:45 this Saturday and we at Football FanCast will be providing updates and commentary in our Live Blog in association with William Hill – who have the best betting odds for football.

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