The Europa League final Arsenal v Chelsea
The Europa League final will take place tomorrow the 29th of May in Baku. It will be an all English final with both teams coming from London as Chelsea face Arsenal. There have been some issues regarding tickets, as the match is being played so far away from England. Arsenal have returned approximately half of their tickets as they were not able to sell them. UEFA still claims that they will have a full stadium and sell out all of their tickets.
This is only the second all English final in the Europa League with the first one coming way back in 1972 when Tottenham beat Wolves. Both teams had to make it through some tough round to get to the final but are both worthy finalists. Last time Arsenal were in a European final was back in 2006 when they lost the Champions League final to Barcelona. Chelsea were in the Europa League final six years ago against Benfica, which they won courtesy of a last-minute Ivanovic goal.
Arsenal and Chelsea faced each other twice this season already in the Premier League with Chelsea winning 3-2 at home, and Arsenal winning 2-0 at home. Chelsea have been in better form recently having not lost in the last 8 matches, whereas, Arsenal had a shaky end to the season, winning only one of their last seven matches.
It will be intriguing to see how Chelsea’s defence deal with the attacking firepower that Arsenal have with Lacazette and Aubameyang, who both have had great seasons. For Chelsea, they have been starting with Giroud in the Europe League and he has been impressing. He is joint top scorer with Frankfurt’s Jovic on 10 goals. He will be looking to get another one to finish the tournament as the outright golden boot winner. This match has more significance for Arsenal because if they win it means they will make it to the Champions League. Chelsea have already qualified through their league position, but Arsenal will want to make it that there are five English teams in the Champions League for only the second time.