Arsenal vs Chelsea
Arsenal and Chelsea will go head-to-head on Wednesday in the 2019 Europa League final, taking place in Baku.
After the Gunners finished 5th in the 2018/19 Premier League table, winning the Europa League is now their only way into next year’s Champions League.
It would also be Unai Emery’s first trophy as Arsenal boss.
The last time the two sides met, Arsenal came away 2-0 winners at the Emirates. But, Chelsea won the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge 3-2.
Arsenal fans stopped by police
While an all-English final is a huge occasion, a lot of the focus prior to the EL final has been on Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian decided not to travel to Baku for the final as he feared for his safety due to political tensions between Azerbaijan (where Baku is) and Armenia, Mkhitaryan’s home country.
Now, a video has been doing the rounds on social media showing two Gunners’ fans, who were wearing Mkhitaryan shirts, being stopped by police in Baku.
— sntv (@sntvstory) May 28, 2019
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has also spoken out about Mkhitaryan ahead of the clash:
“Of course we are disappointed he’s not here. But I think we spoke a lot about Mkhitaryan, and a lot of political things, and it’s time to speak about football.
“He’s very important for us, and we want to give him a trophy tomorrow.
“We’ve been twice in a row in the Europa League. And a club like Arsenal has to be in the Champions League.” As quoted by the Independent.