Christian Pulisic says he’s feeling ‘100 per cent’ fit and confident ahead of the FA Cup final but has issued a word of caution to his Chelsea team-mates about ‘incredible’ Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who he knows well from their time at Borussia Dortmund.
The 21-year-old initially struggled to make a significant impact after arriving from Dortmund last summer but has been one of the in-form attacking players in Premier League football since the season’s restart.
Arsenal will no doubt have a specific plan to minimise Pulisic’s influence at Wembley but opposition defenders have largely come off second best in recent weeks, with the winger registering four goals and two assists in his last eight games.
And worryingly for the Gunners, the United States international claims he’s feeling fitter than ever after making a full recovery from a minor thigh problem.
Pulisic was selected among the substitutes for Chelsea’s recent clashes with Manchester United and Liverpool but the youngster is expected to be one of the first names of Frank Lampard’s team sheet on Saturday evening.
‘I never had a real issue. I’m 100% fit,’ Pulisic told ESPN FC.
Pulisic shared a dressing room with Aubameyang for three seasons at Dortmund and the American knows just how ‘dangerous’ Arsenal’s talisman can be in front of goal.
‘He is incredible, the way he gets in good areas,’ he said.
‘He’s always dangerous so we are definitely going to have to be cautious of that and they have some other good players, but he is definitely one guy that you have to look out for.
‘We’ll always be good friends. I played together with him for a long time. Right now we are definitely focused and want to win.
‘It is going to be a good battle and not so much on the pitch but we will always be friends off the pitch.’
Pulisic added: ‘The final comes down to us against them, who is more ready to play on the day.
‘Obviously it gives us confidence that we’ve been in good form, we’ve been playing well and we’re going to try and bring that into the game.
‘In the end, it is one game and in a final, anything can happen.’
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