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#1 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β44805) » May 29th, 2019, 5:43 pm

Chelsea vs Arsenal
Uefa Europa League Final 2018-19
Venue: Baku Olympic Stadium , Azerbaijan
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Kick-off time: 8:00pm BST


London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal meet in an all-English Europa League Final tonight, with plenty at stake for both clubs.


Maurizio Sarri is yet to win a trophy during his managerial career, but is now just one match away from ending a chaotic season with tangible success.


Sarri appeared to be in danger of being ousted at numerous points of his debut year in England, but a Europa League triumph - coupled with the club's improbable third-placed Premier League finish - would represent a fine campaign for the Italian.


As for Arsenal, finishing fifth in the table means victory in Baku is a must for Champions League football next season - but thankfully for Gunners fans, Unai Emery is a Europa League specialist having won the trophy with Sevilla in 2014, 2015 and 2016.


Chelsea vs Arsenal team news and predicted line-ups

Chelsea

The Blues are hoping that N'Golo Kante will be ready for the Final, with Sarri rating the French midfielder's chances as '50-50'.


Chelsea: N'Golo Kante '50-50' to win Europa League final fitness battle


Antonio Rudiger is definitely ruled out after undergoing knee surgery, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will miss out following Achilles surgeries.


Sarri faces a big call on whether to start Olivier Giroud or Gonzalo Higuain up front, though the former should get the nod given that he is the Europa League's joint-top scorer with 10 goals.

Chelsea expected XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson; Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Hazard


Arsenal

Emery praises Aubameyang and Lacazette after Europa League win


Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Final after Arsenal failed to receive sufficient assurances from Uefa over his safety in Azerbaijan.


The Gunners confirmed last week that they had made the decision the 30-year-old should not travel to Baku amid political tensions between Azerbaijan and Mkhitaryan’s birthplace, Armenia, over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.


Arsenal were unsatisfied that Mkhitaryan would be protected and after lengthy discussions with his family, there were also fears expressed about the reaction in Armenia if he opted to make the 6,000-mile round trip.


Aaron Ramsey meanwhile will not have the chance to sign off in style, with the Juventus-bound midfielder ruled out with a thigh injury.


Hector Bellerin (knee), Rob Holding (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Denis Suarez (groin) are all out as well.


Petr Cech is fit for the last game of his professional career, but it remains to be seen whether Emery will start the Czech legend against his former club or hand a start to Bernd Leno.

Arsenal expected XI [3-4-1-2]: Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny, Moneal; Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil; Aubameyang, Lacazette


Match officials

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

Assistant Referees: Filippo Meli, Lorenzo Manganelli (Italy)

Fourth official: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Video Assistant Referee (VAR):
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)

VAR Assistants: Marco Guida (Italy), Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

Offside VAR: Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)
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#2 » by Jegz (m) (β2058) » May 29th, 2019, 6:22 pm

Arsenal should win this.
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#3 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β44805) » May 29th, 2019, 7:17 pm

Chelsea has all it takes to win Arsenal.
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#4 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β44805) » May 29th, 2019, 7:18 pm

Behold the starting XI of the both teams



CHELSEA 4-3-3

Starting XI 1. Kepa Arrizabalaga, 30. David Luiz, 27. Andreas Christensen, 33. Emerson Palmieri, 28. César Azpilicueta, 5. Jorginho, 17. Mateo Kovacic, 7. N'Golo Kanté, 18. Olivier Giroud, 10. Eden Hazard, 11. Pedro

| Substitutions |
Substitutes 13. Wilfredo Caballero, 24. Gary Cahill, 9. Gonzalo Higuaín, 3. Marcos Alonso, 8. Ross Barkley, 22. Willian, 21. Davide Zappacosta, 44. Ethan Ampadu, 52. Jamie Cumming, 55. George Mceachran, 51. Conor Gallagher


ARSENAL 3-4-1-2

Starting XI 1. Petr Cech, 6. Laurent Koscielny, 18. Nacho Monreal, 5. Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 34. Granit Xhaka, 11. Lucas Torreira, 10. Mesut Özil, 31. Sead Kolasinac, 15. Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 14. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 9. Alexandre Lacazette

| Substitutions | Substitutes 12. Stephan Lichtsteiner, 23. Danny Welbeck, 20. Shkodran Mustafi, 25. Carl Jenkinson, 19. Bernd Leno, 17. Alex Iwobi, 4. Mohamed Elneny, 44. Deyan Iliev, 29. Matteo Guendouzi, 49. Edward Nketiah, 59. Joseph Willock, 87. Bukayo Saka
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#5 » by eMade (f) Premium (β39631) » May 29th, 2019, 8:58 pm

It's half time and no goals yet from either side. I needs Arsenal to win this. :excited: :D:
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#6 » by eMade (f) Premium (β39631) » May 29th, 2019, 8:59 pm

It's half time and no goals yet from either side. I needs Arsenal to win this. :excited: :D:
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#7 » by eMade (f) Premium (β39631) » May 29th, 2019, 9:08 pm

Chelsea scores! It's Giroud!

50 minutes: Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal
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#8 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β44805) » May 29th, 2019, 9:59 pm

FT: Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal
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#9 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β44805) » May 29th, 2019, 10:00 pm

Official: Chelsea are Europa League Champions for 2018/2019 season
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#10 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β44805) » May 29th, 2019, 10:01 pm

Up Chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, we are blue, Blues!!!!!!! for life!!!!!!!!
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#11 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β44805) » May 29th, 2019, 10:07 pm

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