Arsenal vs Chelsea
Arsenal and Chelsea will go head-to-head on Wednesday the 29th of May in the 2019 Europa League final.
The tie means that at least one of Unai Emery or Maurizio Sarri will be capturing silverware in their first season in a new job.
The trophy may be slightly more important to the Gunners than Chelsea though.
This is because Chelsea finished 3rd in the 2018/19 Premier League table meaning they have already secured Champions League football next year.
Arsenal, on the other hand, finished in 5th spot after a poor run towards the back of the campaign.
As a result, Arsenal’s only way into Europe’s top competition next season is by winning the Europa League final.
Wenger on Baku
This years final is taking place in Baku, a city in Azerbaijan.
The location of the final has already been in the media for several reasons, neither of which are very good.
Firstly, due to the location of the final, Arsenal and Chelsea are struggling to sell their tickets and are reportedly planning to return around half of their allocated seats.
Also, Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has opted not to fly to Baku for the final due to fears over his safety.
Now, former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had his say on the 2018/19 final and its problems:
“It’s the same for both teams, always.
“A final is a final. The teams do not have such a problem. They live in ideal conditions, they have a private jet, they have nice business seats. It’s the fans [who will be affected].”As quoted by the Telegraph.
Wenger also spoke briefly about the Mkhitaryan situation:
“That’s something that should not happen in football, in the modern world.
“[When] Politically, you cannot play a football game.” As quoted by the Telegraph.
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