The first part of the “Premier League Conquers Europe” takes place on Wednesday when Chelsea and Arsenal meet in the Europa League final. The other Premier League final will take place on Saturday in Madrid, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur competing for the Champions League title.
Chelsea’s challenge is another European trophy to add to the five others won since 1971. For Arsenal, this hat-trick of European trophies is very secondary to the automatic qualification for the 2019/20 Champions League group stage, which goes hand in hand with victory in the Europa League.
Chelsea did not have such pressure having finished third in the Premier League, Arsenal was 5th, two points behind Chelsea.
This could be Chelsea’s last game at the helm for Maurizio Sarri – whether he is fired or joins Juventus, ]} has not yet been decided.
Chelsea striker Eden Hazard could also end his career at Chelsea. Mr. Hazard’s contract expires in the summer of 2020 and, to date, he has shown no willingness to sign a new one.
Rather than losing Hazard to a “Bosman” transfer, a $120 million move to Real Madrid this summer is a strong possibility.
The Arsenal team needs new blood, but who could move on is just an assumption for now.
Since the match is played far away in Azerbaijan, both teams are far from home. However, a local team in a game played at a neutral location is always designated, and in this case, it is Chelsea.
Venue and Time
The match will be played in the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday 29 May, with kick-off at 23:00 local time… yes, one hour before midnight. Which puts the game starts at 3:00 p. m. ET.
With a capacity of over 68,000 seats, there are still tickets available on UEFA.com. Arsenal and Chelsea were each awarded 6,000 tickets, but it is said that the sale was not easy given the difficult journey and costs. Nevertheless, local officials are confident about the quality of the crowd.
In the United States, you have a number of viewing options: DTT, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network, and fuboTV. Canadian viewers can watch on DAZN.
Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are definitely missing in Chelsea due to an injury. Midfielder and World Cup winner with France, N’Golo Kante, is considered highly doubtful after suffering a few injuries in recent weeks.
Danny Welbeck is an unexpected addition to the Arsenal touring team after breaking his ankle at the end of 2018 against Sporting Lisbon. Defender Rob Holding missed most of the season after suffering a knee injury and will not return until the new season. Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin and Denis Suarez, on loan from Barcelona, are all injured and will not be taken into account.
Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan did not travel for security reasons related to the bitter political relations between his country and the host country, Azerbaijan.
The biggest problem for Arsenal coach Unai Emery is who to contact in order to score – Cech or Leno.
Chelsea vs Arsenal in Europe
The two London clubs have only played each other once in European competition.
It was 2004, the season of the Arsenal Invincibles. Invincible in the Premier League but not in the Champions League.
After a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, the aggregate score was 2-2 and extra time seemed likely. But it was Wayne Bridge, Chelsea’s left-back, who helped Chelsea win 3-2 with an unexpected goal. Chelsea started in the semi-finals in Monaco.
Without Aubameyang and his partner Alexander Lacazette, it is difficult to see how Arsenal could beat Chelsea. Lacazette and Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s seven goals in the semi-final against Valencia.
Similarly, the striking association of Aubamey and Lacazette could easily be undermined by an Arsenal defense that is often as useful as a chocolate teapot.
For Arsenal to win Aubameyang, Lacazette and the defense must, therefore, play very well. If one or both of them do not show up, the Europa League trophy will be decorated with blue ribbons.
Although the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) has not yet been used in the Europa League, it will be operational for the final. An all-Italian referee team composed of referee Gianluca Rocchi, assistant referees Filippo Meli and Lorenzo Manganelli, and 4th official Daniele Orsato will be in charge. The VAR crew is led by Massimiliano Irrati, also Italian.