Chelsea vs Arsenal: 5 things to expect in Europa League final

Chelsea vs Arsenal: 5 things to expect in Europa League final

Chelsea and Arsenal will be first in line to kick start the all English continental finals in the UEFA Europa League in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday night, May 29.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery said the Europa League deserved its own right as a title on its own, however, the Gunners will obviously bank on making the Champions League via this route.

The Arsenal gaffer could set a new record by lifting his fourth Europa Cup.

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Chelsea are safe having secured a top four place after they finished third in the Premier League.

Blues manager Maurizio Sarri is not interested in Champions League qualification but instead he hopes to appease his Blues executives by winning silverware.

Here are five things likely to determine what will happen when the two English topflight giants lock horns in Baku Olympic Stadium.

1. Hazard will be Chelsea's catalyst

Eden Hazard will bear the responsibility of moving the ball and creating progressive runs in the final third.

The Belgian never disappoints when it comes to the big stage and has managed to carry Chelsea all by himself on several occasions.

With Real Madrid president Florentino Perez extremely confident of landing his longtime target, Hazard will be out to seal his final appearance for the Blues in style by winning the final.

Expect to see the Los Blancos target bob and weave through Arsenal defenders a lot in Baku in the hopes of leaving his fans with one last sweet memory before leaving for Spain.

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2. Aubameyang and Lacazette spell trouble

The dynamic duo of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have been impressive throughout the Premier League campaign.

Aubameyang winning the golden boot was thanks to his fantastic form and partnership with the solid Frenchman.

With Mesut Ozil creating that attacking threat and providing the two with adequate cover, Chelsea's defence will have to be at its best to keep them from disturbing Kepa Arrizabalaga.

3. Chelsea's injury woes could prove costly

Despite N'golo Kante resuming training and travelling with the squad, questions over his match fitness have been raised with some unconvinced he will be at 100 per cent in Baku tonight.

With Antonio Rudiger's knee injury ending his season early as well as Loftus Cheek and Callum Hudson Odoi suffering achilles tears, things will be tough for Sarri.

4. Mkhitaryan absence will be felt

Due to political tensions between Mkhitaryan’s native country Armenia and Azerbaijan, Arsenal will be without their 30-year-old striker who opted to stay at home.

Mkhitaryan is and ideal asset to have on the field or even on the bench as a catalyst.

The Armenian would have been vital in adding that extra dynamism to Arsenal's attack and would have provided Emery's men more ammunition as well as being a constant goal threat.

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5. Chelsea will start the first half guns blazing

Expect to see the Blues command most of the possession through an expressive midfield possibly composed by Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea will start off the night on front foot and will be aiming to bury the game early by squeezing Arsenal.

However Arsenal could certainly catch them on the fast break like they did Valencia in the semi finals and could possibly bank on catching Sarri's men flat footed with the pacey Aubameyang.

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