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After a rather disappointing campaign, Arsenal and Chelsea prepare to do battle in the final of the Europa League. The game represents both sides’ only chance of attaining silverware this season.

Both sides are ushering in a new era of sorts, with Maurizio Sarri taking the helm at Chelsea and Arsenal appointing Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement at the start of the season.

While in terms of transitioning the side into a new era both managers have not fared too badly, trophies are all that matter in football and both Emery and Sarri will be looking to end their season on a high.

The final in Baku will also witness the end of storied careers, with Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech playing their final games for Arsenal and Eden Hazard likely playing his last game in a blue Chelsea shirt.

The stakes are as high as can be, but the pressure will definitely be on Arsenal, who failed to qualify for the Champions League via the Premier League, having finished a lowly-fifth on the table.

Barcelona vs Chelsea Match details

Date: Wednesday, May 29

Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

Assistant Referees: Filippo Meli, Lorenzo Manganelli (Italy)

Fourth official: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)

VAR Assistants: Marco Guida (Italy), Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

Offside VAR: Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)

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Head to head

Chelsea vs Arsenal live stream

Played: 197

Chelsea wins: 63

Draws: 57

Arsenal wins: 77

Form guide (Most recent first)

Chelsea: D W W D D

Arsenal: W W D W L

Team News

Chelsea has a number of injury concerns heading into the big clash. Midfield workhorse N’Golo Kante faces a late fitness test to prove his availability. Kate picked up a thigh injury during Chelsea’s Premier League fixture and was initially expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger are long-term absentees. Both Gonzalo Higuain and Oliver Giroud struggled against Eintracht Frankfurt and it remains to be seen who Sarri opts for on match day.

Eden Hazard will feature for what is possibly his last game in a Chelsea shirt, with the Belgian expected to leave for Real Madrid in the summer.

For Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey is ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Petr Cech will play the last match of his professional career, having announced his intentions to retire at the end of the season.

Danny Welbeck and Hector Bellerin remain long-term absentees. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s availability is contingent upon the Armenian receiving a visa into the country.

Mesut Ozil is likely to get a start after impressing against Valencia while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line for the Gunners yet again.

Probable Lineups

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard

Arsenal: Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil; Aubameyang, Lacazette


Arsenal and Chelsea split their meetings in the Premier League, with both sides winning their respective home games which makes this all the more difficult to call.

However, the Gunners have looked far more superior in the Europa League this season. They blew past Valencia with considerable ease and have more firepower than Chelsea going forward.

Moreover, the Blues were rather fortunate to get past Frankfurt, who had two potential goals cleared off the line.

Ultimately, I expect the Gunners to come flying out the box, get an early goal and then sit back and try to hit on the break with the pace of Aubameyang and Lacazette.

They should have too much for Chelsea on the night.

Predicted score: Chelsea 1-3 Arsenal

Chelsea sacked their manager Antonio Conte ahead of the start of the 2018/19 season. With the appointment of Italian manager Maurizio Sarri, a wave of optimism surrounded Stamford Bridge.

However, after getting off to a solid start to the season, Chelsea’s campaign has turned rather sour.

Arsenal vs Chelsea history

The Blues crashed out of the FA Cup to Manchester United in the 5th round. They also lost in the final of the Carabao Cup to Manchester City on penalties.

Much of that match was marred by controversy when Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted ahead of the penalty shootout. Ultimately, a missed penalty from David Luiz proved costly.

Chelsea has also struggled in the Premier League, crashing to heavy defeats against the likes of Manchester City and Bournemouth. They are firmly entrenched in the battle for a top-four spot which would secure them Champions League football next season.

One positive for the Blues this season has been their form in the Europa League. After cruising through the group stages, they smashed Dynamo Kyiv to make it to the quarterfinals.

In the quarters, they have been drawn with Slavia Prague and won the first leg 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea squad: 

Andreas Christensen Denmark Right 23
Antonio Rudiger Germany Right 26
David Luiz Brazil Right 32
Emerson Palmieri dos Santos Italy Left 25
Marcos Alonso Spain Left 29
Davide Zappacosta Italy Right 27
Cesar Azpilicueta Spain Right 30
Gary Cahill England Right 34
Ethan Ampadu Wales Right 19
Jamie Cumming England 20
Willy Caballero Argentina Right 38
Kepa Arrizabalaga Spain Right 25
Marcin Bulka Poland 20
Robert Green England Right 39
Eden Hazard Belgium Both 28
Olivier Giroud France Left 33
Callum Hudson-Odoi England 19
Willian Borges da Silva Brazil Right 31
Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma Spain Both 32
Gonzalo Gerardo Higuaín Argentina Right 32
Jorge Luiz Frello Filho(Jorginho) Italy Both 28
N’Golo Kante France Right 28
George McEachran England 19
Danny Drinkwater England Right 29
Ross Barkley England Right 26
Ruben Loftus-Cheek England Right 23
Mateo Kovačić Croatia Right 25

Chelsea transfers (arrivals)

These are the players Chelsea signed in the 2018/19 season:

Kepa Arrizabalaga GK Spain £72,000,000 Athletic Bilbao
Rob Green GK England N/A Huddersfield
Thierno Ballo DF Austria Undisclosed Viktoria Koln
George Nunn FW Republic of Ireland £300,000 Crewe Alexandra
Pierre Ekwah-Elimby DF France £1,800,000 Nantes
Sam McClelland DF Northern Ireland Undisclosed Coleraine
Jorginho CM Italy £51,300,000 Napoli
Lucas Bergström GK Finland Undisclosed TPS
Ian Maatsen DF Netherlands £100,000 PSV Eindhoven
Christian Pulisic MF USA £57,600,000 Borussia Dortmund
Mateo Kovacic MF Croatia Loan Real Madrid
Gonzalo Higuain FW Argentina Loan + £8,100,000 Juventus


These are the players Chelsea offloaded in the 2018/19 season:

Thibaut Courtois GK Belgium £31,500,000 Real Madrid
Mitchell Beeney GK England N/A Sligo Rovers
Matej Delač GK Croatia N/A Horsens
Jonathan Panzo DF England £2,700,000 Monaco
Wallace DF Brazil N/A N/A
Cole Dasilva DF Wales N/A Brentford
Charlie Wakefield DF England N/A Coventry
Cesc Fabregas MF Spain N/A Monaco
Charlie Colkett MF England N/A Ostersund
Tushaun Walters MF England N/A Greenwich Borough
Jordan Houghton MF England N/A MK Dons
Joao Rodríguez FW Colombia N/A N/A
Islam Feruz FW Scotland N/A N/A


Jérémie Boga MF Ivory Coast £3,510,000 Sassuolo
Isaac Christie-Davies MF Wales N/A Liverpool
Harvey St Clair MF Scotland N/A Venezia

Chelsea’s schedule (confirmed fixtures only):

           Match Date and Time Venue
vs Liverpool 14 April, 9 PM Anfield
vs Slavia Prague 19 April, 12:30 AM Stamford Bridge
vs Burnley 23 April, 12:30 AM Stamford Bridge
vs Manchester United 28 April, 9 PM Old Trafford
vs Watford 04 May, 7:30 PM Stamford Bridge
vs Leicester City 12 May, 7:30 PM King Power Stadium
Chelsea has a tough run of fixtures to end their season. They travel to Anfield to square off against the high-flying Liverpool in the Premier League before taking on Slavia Prague in the return leg of the Champions League at Stamford Bridge.
They then play host to Burnley as they attempt to solidify their spot in the top four. The Blues then travel to Old Trafford in what promises to be an absolute thriller. The first time these two sides met this season, Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw by the Blues courtesy a late goal from Ross Barkley.
Chelsea finally plays host to Watford and end their season with a game against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
The Blues could still have a few fixtures spread in between if they progress to the later rounds of the Europa League.