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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 May, 2003, 05:44 GMT 06:44 UK
FA Cup preview
A giant inflatable FA Cup is positioned at the 2002 FA Cup final
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Cardiff will be engulfed by a sea of red and white when Arsenal and Southampton descend on Wales for Saturday's FA Cup final.

Arsenal are playing in their third successive FA Cup final, but for underdogs Southampton it is their first appearance in the showcase game for 27 years.

Gordon Strachan, who won the cup as a player with Manchester United in 1985, is trying to inflict a first FA Cup defeat in 13 games for Arsenal.

The match in Cardiff will be the first FA Cup final to be played indoors, with the Millennium Stadium roof closed because of bad weather.

But BBC Sport will have the game well covered, whatever the weather, with full coverage on TV, Radio and this website.

Much of the focus on Saturday will fall on the two main strikers.

Arsenal's Thierry Henry is looking to add an FA Cup winner's medal to the PFA and FWA footballer of the year award double he has already claimed.

And BBC Sport columnist James Beattie believes the Saints can spring a surprise in only their second FA Cup final appearance.

We've got a game plan which we're confident of bringing off
Southampton striker
James Beattie

That would cap a memorable season for Strachan's side, who finished eighth in the Premiership and are already guaranteed a place in next season's Uefa Cup.

But Arsenal are desperate to avoid ending the season empty-handed having lost out to Manchester United in the race for the Premiership title.

The Gunners are overwhelming favourites to lift the FA Cup on Saturday, with bookmakers listing the Gunners around 1-3 and Southampton at 5-2.

But Saints can at least boast a full-strength squad, while Arsenal are without suspended captain Sol Campbell and injured playmaker Patrick Vieira.

The FA have reiterated the golden goal rule will not be applied.

If the game is tied at the end of normal time 30 minutes of extra-time will be played, followed by a penalty shoot-out.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
"The FA Cup is not a consolation it is a prize"

Saints boss Gordon Strachan
"We firmly believe we can win this"

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