Europa League Final Preview

By on May 27, 2019

An all English Europa League Final featuring two bitter London rivals, Arsenal and Chelsea.

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On paper, this should be a spectacle. But, UEFA’s decision to host the Final in Baku has caused quite a few issues across the board.

To start, Henrikh Mkhitaryan opted against playing in the Europa League final in Baku over security fears. This is because of the dispute between his country (Armenia) and Azerbaijan.

On top of that, UEFA allocated just 6000 tickets each to Arsenal and Chelsea, and there are reports the two clubs are planning to return over 6000 tickets for the final.

The location and cost is proving to be a serious issue for supporters, meaning Arsenal and Chelsea have only managed to sell 3500 and 2000 tickets respectively.

The Baku Olympic Stadium is a magnificent venue, but it was not a practical choice. We can only hope UEFA learn from their mistakes.

As for the match, I am sure we are in for a thrilling game (although lacking atmosphere) between these two giants of the English Premier League.

Chelsea have had a terrific Europa League campaign, going unbeaten throughout the competition, winning 11 and drawing two. The Blues have scored 31 goals while conceding just 8.

Meanwhile, Arsenal won 11, drew 1 and lost 2 games throughout their UEL campaign. The Gunners scored 29 goals while conceding 9 goals.

As for there head to head record, Arsenal have won two of their last six meetings, with three draws and one Chelsea win.

But, stats and previous form go out of the window in finals, and it could easily go either way in this game.

However, Arsenal have the Europa League specialist on their side, with Unai Emery winning the competition three times in a row with Sevilla.

The Gunners only real concern is their vulnerability at the back. Also, it might be a neutral stadium, but Arsenal have not fared well on their travels for most of the season.

Although, they won their last two away games, dispatching Valencia 4-2 and Burnley 3-1.

Let’s see if the Gunners can handle the pressure of the final while knowing that this is their last chance for Champions League football next season.