2019 UEFA Europa League Final Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal
The Europa League final is a clash for supremacy between two of the biggest clubs in London.
While Tottenham have the UEFA Champions League final to prepare for, neighbors Arsenal and Chelsea will have to make do with the Europa League.
It wasn’t too long ago that the Blues saw the Gunners as easy pickings. Chelsea won 6-0 in Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge back in 2014, and Arsenal hadn’t recorded a league win over their rivals during a five-year period.
More recently, Arsenal were the victors in the 2017 FA Cup final, as well as the Community Shield. Here’s a breakdown of this Chelsea vs. Arsenal matchup by Nitrogen Sports Blog.
Chelsea vs Arsenal lock horns in 2019 UEFA Europa League final
The Gunners looked close to dropping out way back in the Round of 16, but they saw off Rennes, Napoli and Valencia respectively to book their place in the final. typ
A 4-2 win in their second leg game was enough for a 7-3 aggregate victory against Valencia, paving the way for their first European final since 2006.
Arsenal have an embarrassment of riches up front, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang combining to provide 48 goals between them this season.
It’s arguably the most potent strikeforce in Europe, and one that will strike fear into the hearts of the Chelsea defense in the upcoming the UEFA Europa League final.
Arsenal and Chelsea will be proud of whatever they accomplish in the UEFA Europa League, but they would have preferred contending for the UEFA Champions League.
Speaking of which, you can check out 2019 UEFA Champions League final preview for Liverpool vs. Tottenham.
Chelsea’s route to the final saw victories over Dynamo Kyiv, Slavia Praha, and Eintracht Frankfurt.
It took a penalty shootout to separate Chelsea and Frankfurt in their semifinal matchup. The tie ended at 1-1 after extra-time, with a final score of 2-2 on aggregate.
Kepa and Eden Hazard were the heroes for the Blues, with the latter seemingly making his last appearance at Stamford Bridge. His team will need the Belgian firing on all cylinders in the UEFA Europa League final. Hazard was rested in their final League game of the season.
Chelsea won the competition back in 2013, although this incarnation of the side is a pale comparison to the team’s past versions.
It’s all the more apparent when you factor in their goal-shy forwards, although Olivier Giroud will be hoping to win his first game against his former team.
The UEFA Europa League Final feature two teams that were not good enough for the UEFA Champions League, but the Chelsea vs. Arsenal matchup will still command the attention of football fans everywhere.
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