Match Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal

This is it. Chelsea versus Arsenal in the Europa League final. At the Baku Olympic Stadium, London’s two greatest football teams will collide in a match that could shape their foreseeable futures. 

Between the two teams, it’s Arsenal that will feel more of the pressure. Victory will secure the Gunners’ spot in next season’s Champions League and will reportedly give the club a significant financial boost in the transfer market.

Speaking in his press conference earlier today, Arsenal head coach Unai Emery identified the final as a way of achieving his two targets in one game. “We can win one title and also play with the opportunity to go to the Champions League,” he said.

“The Champions League is our objective and we knew it was going to be difficult when we started the season. And now we are with the possibility to achieve that and our challenge tomorrow is to win one title and have the possibility to play next year in the Champions League.”

Regarding Chelsea, it’s not as clear, in comparison, as to what winning the Europa League will have on the club. Head coach Maurizio Sarri has been linked with the vacant Juventus post but dismissed all reports on his future. “I want to think only to the final. I have a contract then for two years. Now is not the moment,” he said.

Also, speaking to the press, Sarri revealed that he is unsure about whether or not this is the biggest match of his life. “Tomorrow I might be able to tell you my feelings. Not at the moment,” he said.

Potential Line-ups:

Chelsea (4-3-3)K. Arrizabalaga; C. Azpilicueta, A. Christensen, D. Luiz, M. Alonso; M. Kovacic, Jorginho, R. Barkley; Willian, O. Giroud, E. Hazard.

Arsenal (3-4-1-2)P. Cech; Sokratis, L. Koscielny, N. Monreal; A. Maitland-Niles, L. Torreira, G. Xhaka, S. Kolasinac; M. Ozil; A. Lacazette, P-E Aubameyang.

Match Facts and Stats:

  • The 2019 Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea will be the second ever all-English fixture. The first encounter was between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves in 1972 in the old UEFA Cup competition.
  • Arsenal has lost their last three European finals. The Gunners lost the 2006 Champions League final to Barcelona, the 2000 UEFA Cup final versus Galatasaray, and the 1995 UEFA Cup Winners Cup final to Real Zaragoza.
  • Unai Emery is the competition’s most successful manager, lifting the trophy in 2014, 2015, and 2016 with Sevilla.
  • Chelsea has scored the most goals in this season’s tournament with 32 goals.

Last five encounters:

  1. 19th January 2019; Premier LeagueArsenal 2 – 0 Chelsea
  2. 18th August 2018; Premier LeagueChelsea 3 – 2 Arsenal
  3. 24th January 2018: League CupArsenal 2 – 1 Chelsea
  4. 10th January 2018; League CupChelsea 0 – 0 Arsenal
  5. 3rd January 2018: Premier LeagueArsenal 2 – 2 Chelsea

Chelsea’s recent form:

  1. 16th May 2019; FriendlyNew England 0 – 3 Chelsea
  2. 12th May 2019; Premier League – Leicester City 0 – 0 Chelsea
  3. 9th May 2019: Europa League – Chelsea 1 (4) – (3) 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
  4. 5th May 2019; Premier League – Chelsea 3 – 0 Watford
  5. 2nd May 2019: Europa League – Eintracht Frankfurt 1 – 1 Chelsea

Arsenal’s recent form:

  1. 12th May 2019; Premier League – Burnley 1 – 3 Arsenal
  2. 9th May 2019: Europa League – Valencia 2 – 4 Arsenal
  3. 5th May 2019; Premier League – Arsenal 1 – 1 Brighton
  4. 2nd May 2019: Europa League – Arsenal 3 – 1 Valencia
  5. 28th April 2019: Premier League – Leicester City 3 – 0 Arsenal

The 2019 Europa League final will kick off at 8pm BST on BT Sport. The game will also be broadcasted live on BT Sport’s official YouTube channel for free.

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