- Chelsea vs Arsenal will slugged it out in Europa League final on Wednesday, May 29
- Both sides will be aiming victory for a chance to end their respective season with a silverware
- The match is of greater significance to the Gunners who intend to use the competition to book a place in the Champions League
The stage has been set for the all-English Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea slated for Wednesday, May 29, in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The two London clubs have made considerable preparations for the European showpiece, with Chelsea playing New England Revolution in the US and Arsenal playing a closed door friendly against LASK Linz.
Whereas Maurizio Sarri will be keen to lift the title after a gruelling campaign with the Blues, the tournament is of greater significance to the Gunners.
Having finished outside the top four in the just concluded 2018/19 season, Arsenal's only realistic chance of qualifying for Champions League will be through Europa.
Legit.ng gives you a sneak peek into three key reasons that give Arsenal an edge over their London rivals ahead of the European competition.
1. Arsenal's lethal attackline
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette have formed a deadly partnership upfront at the club.
The duo was responsible for all the seven goals scored in their semi-final clash against Valencia.
Both strikers have collectively scored 13 goals through the competition thus far and their attacking prowess could prove problematic go Chelsea's porus defense.
2. Arsenal's desire to play in the Champions League
The Gunners finished outside the top four in the Premier League in the just concluded season.
The Unai Emery-tutored side finished fifth in the league with 70 points, just one behind rivals, Tottenham who sealed a fourth place finish.
As such, the Emirates outfit are well aware their only realistic chance of playing in the Champions League is if they win the Europa.
They have missed the elite competition for two consecutive seasons and the desire to feature next season is ripe.
3. Unai Emery's experience in the Europa League
Unai Emery's distinguished achievement in the Europa League will come in handy when his side battle Chelsea.
The Spanish tactician has lifted the second tier European competition for three consecutive seasons while in charge of Sevilla.
He has won 45 of the 75 matches he has been in charge of the competition, making him a specialist in the Europa League.
Despite successfully guiding Chelsea to the Blues, it would be difficult for Maurizio Sarri to outwit Emery when the two managers face off in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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