Just a few hours to go now before the all English Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea in Baku, Azerbaijan. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the game but now is the time to put all that to bed and concentrate on the football.
One of the benefits of winning the Europa League is automatic qualification to the Champions League, however, Chelsea has already achieved that via their third-place finish in the Premier League, but Arsenal does not have that luxury and must prevail in order to make next seasons elite European competition.
Chelsea cannot relax too much either, especially their manager Maurizio Sarri, with speculation rampant that this could be his final game in charge of the Blues.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rüdiger have all been ruled out and N’Golo Kante faces a late fitness test.
Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are unavailable due to injury and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been omitted due to security reasons.
Predicted Line ups
Kepa, Alonso, Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Giroud.
Cech, Kolasinac, Monreal, Koscielny, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
This is set to be a tight game between two very even teams and a lot will depend on which team is best able to contain their opponent’s most dangerous players.
Arsenal will have to find a way of stopping Eden Hazard from taking control of the game, he has the ability to be the one player to make a difference, and if he is not contained Arsenal will be in for a very tough evening.
Chelsea will need to come up with a way of negating the double threat of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, both are on fire right now and will relish attacking the Chelsea backline.
Neither defence is what you would describe as stable with both having multiple vulnerabilities that can be exposed, and the game could easily be won or lost depending on which defence performs the better.
That said, control of the midfield is pivotal, lose the midfield and you will lose the game. In better words this game can be broken down into three components, defences are vulnerable, forward lines are formidable and the midfield is where the game will be won.
With that in mind, it is Arsenal that looks the better prospects, the Chelsea midfield will be severely weakened if Kante does not play and even if he does they remain a flaky unit, whereas the Arsenal midfield looks more solid and organised in comparison.
Chelsea haven’t beaten Arsenal away from Stamford Bridge for the last 5 meetings, including 2 on neutral ground, but are the bookie’s favourites at a 2.298, the draw is 3.179 and the bet on Arsenal at 3.507 right now on the Mustardbet exchange looks excellent value. The odds are changing every minute
There have been quite a lot of draws though between the two sides, so it may be more prudent to bet on Arsenal at +0.25 goals at just under even money (1.946) on Mustardbet. That way you win even if it is a draw….
Both Chelsea and Arsenal have scored in 7 of the last 11 meetings, so another safe bet from MustardBet could be the 1.676 on offer for both teams to score. With both sides playing the high pressing game there are sure to be many goalscoring opportunities for both sides..
Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea
Referee – G. Rocchi (Italy)
Assistants – F. Meli, L. Manganelli (Italy)
Fourth official – D. Orsato (Italy)
Location – Olympic Stadium, Baku
Kick off time – 20.00 (BST)
TV – BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4KUHD
Online – BT Sport’s YouTube channel
For the first time ever we are going to have a live updated blog below this showing all the most important points of the game, so you can see updated action as it happens. Don’t forget to refresh often!
Oooh I like this Pat (Admin)… just not very impressed with the picture I had to choose for the Live Blog ?? you’ll see what I mean, when you see it hahaha!!
Go to utube by sport
Friggin nervous ???
Up until today I haven’t felt the pressure…. So much riding on this game. Let’s do this thing tho. COYG!!
Arsenal 2 – 0 Chelsea
Auba 1 goal – 1st Half
Laca 1 goal – 2nd Half (Just few minutes after the restart)
Never mind. Thank me later ?, what are friends for.
Did I watch the match before everyone?
Let’s say I am more fortunate ?. I saw the match already in my dream 2 days back.
Arsenal WIN all the way.
I agree with your score prediction but not the goal scorers… If you didn’t see Iwobi scoring 2 goals in your dream then it’s fake and mine is the real one.
Let it go ,let it go (frozen soundtrack )
I tell you what i will have £50 on that and give you odds of 3-1
Better get ready to pay up… I see you’re in the mood to loose some money today ?
Iwobi couldn’t score in a brothel.
cOYG….can’t wait….let’s win this 🙂
Just imagining what xxnofx will do if iwobi scores. hahahahahaha
iwobi becomes an Arsenal legend today. Watch this space
I feel you bro.. Loud it ??
And he did it. Arsenal legend for being the only non-crappy player to play in this final!
Definitely The Match of the Season. Hope we win #COY
I am in Germany this week. Today has been hell. The clocks are one hour ahead. I have to wait until 9pm to watch the game!!!!!!!!!
As you’re ahead of us and see it before us please don’t let us know the score……?
Ok I won’t tell you about the PEA first half hattrick……
Seems like it will be a back four tonight looking at the training games.
Though call … both sides have defensive vulnerabilities and weak midfields those theirs is slightly better with or without kante (definitely much better with) … for me all depends on who shows up in attack .. ours on its day is better but more erratic … my worry is extra time as they have a better bench … still heart rules so 2 1 to us
Admini, Pls make the Arsenal 3-4-1-2 starting XI lineup for this match to read as below:
Koscielny Sokratis Mustafi;
Cech Lichtsteiner Jenkinson Monreal Guendouzi Iwobi Nkethia.
All things being equal at the Gunners at fulltime plus the added time in the match, the final score line will read: Arsenal 3 Chelsea 0. The match did not go to extra-time.
Confirmed team as admin predicted. Cech in goal and a back five.
Prepare for the parade guys. The trophy is coming to Red North London
Kante fit and plays…..mind games
I just saw that the rest of the squad is on the bench. Is that meant to be in case we go into sudden death on penalties? Imagine welbeck scoring the one that wins it for us lol
THE PRESSURE IS ON !!!!!
Anyone who has not got BT Sport can watch the game live and free on BT Sport youtube …………………………….coyrrg !
Every Bookie seems to be putting us down for a loss.
Oh my God ozil just made a 4 metre sprint
Soft or not that was a penalty ,VAR lmao
Feels more like pre-season friendly or even a community shield this. The losing side might well feign disappointment
Boring match both teams playing so cautions not to concede
Oh FFS… it had to be
Sue, I’m joining you behind the sofa. Hope their a room for fellow gunner???
Plenty… although I’m in a heap (a totally gutted heap)
Sorry sue, I called it
Pls substitute Ozil with anybody from the bench
All good things come to an end 😉 Unai losing a final, maybe Klopp will finally win one!
Another opportunity to get an European title wasted, conceding two goals against Chelsea. What a shame!
Embarrassing as a club
☹ Europa again next season
Yes back to that old defending frailties. How bad is that crowd of misfits.
Anyone seen Ozil? He is apparently on the pitch somewhere. Hardly even heard the commentator mention him!
Ozil should be the first to leave… Had one job only, mark Jorginho, and he’s left him. Did utterly nothing
Embarrassing defensive display. You know you suck when you are letting Giroud score…
If we are honest with ourselves the team doesn’t deserve 4th place after that end to the league.
Too much pain… I stopped watching the game…
Maitnald costs us 2nd and 3rd goal. This humiliation is well deserved when you have a shitty squad. 34 years old RB as Bellerin cover costed us europa.
Iwobi has scored. Shame to all the haters. Xxnofx, shame
What are you on about ,
Even you’re surprised that he scored says it all doesn’t it ,he’s sh1t get over it .if you hadn’t noticed we are losing 4-1 in a final that would get us into the champions league and all you’re interested in is talking about you’re love crush ?give it a rest ffs
Just eat your humble pie prepared for you by Iwobi and have a bad night restlessness.
Shut up mate, he’s only been on the field 2 minutes and we’ve noticed his presence… WHERE THA FVCK IS OZIL IN THIS MATCH?? And you’ll come here and defend his lazy ass soon.
Xxnofx, where did you avatar go? Not a fan of the invisible look
And your Ozil is What?
Trash. As we’ve been saying for months. Some of us years, lmao.
Would have been a absolute embarrassment had this team been playing in champions league a million miles away from challenging for anything can’t see them ever challenging for major honours again they are finished and will never recover!!
I’m at a lost of what to say. Emery, what is going on.
Anyone who thinks maitland Niles is future of this team knows nothing about football … the guy is clueless in every dept .. sell along with aubemayanf kolasinac xhaka monreal and kos … pitiful performance … confirms my doubts about emery … a no improvement season with no football style whatsoever … I think a year is enough to judge a manager and emery fails to impress
Aubamayeng is good. Quite good actually unlike the rest
horrible today. Him, Ozil and Niles have been embarrassing.
I think the whole team have been awful and I feel it was like watching a reserved performance compared to Chelsea.
I think it was on the minds of the players that this wasn’t about winning a cup, but about getting into CL…and that was a factor. Too much fear in the performance.
of course all were terrible, but they stood out as espescially trash. If you cannot get it up in a European final you have no business at our club. Niles is just not good enough. Auba and Ozil don’t have the desire. if they dont want to be here they need to let somebody know and they will be the first ones out.
There goes your stupid coach and his accomplices. Why he didn’t start iwobi as I had earlier suggested is well……
It’s a shame.
The club has become a laughing stock since that c##t yank bought us. It’s a bloody miracle we got this far with the current squad.
Arsenal defense is very very very very poor, Unai has a lot of work to do & it will always be the problem unless it is addressed. I’m not happy at all lord knows I am not happy.
I actually feel sorry for you season ticket holders
You Have to watch this again next year
I mean, it’s hard to be upset when we’ve seen this club blow it for over a decade. Nothing shocking in the slightest. That’s our summer ruined, and Emery has no chance of holding onto his job after he fails to get UCL next season. We’re officially stuck in the realm of mediocrity and it is going to take many years to get out of that hole. Enjoy the ride folks.
Pat…. you were right…. I’m so sorry I didn’t listen to you… absolutely gutted
At least AFTV and chill gonna be lit tonight! ?
Haha QD, can always rely on you, for some humour, in the darkest of moments ?
Sorry baby. I actually dreamed about it. I saw the result was very bad for us. Never mind, we played well first half but we didn’t score. We tried honesty, it wasn’t meant to be.
It never bloody is, Pat… always seem to buckle when it really matters
We need to rebuild … emery not the man for that
Gotta sell either Laca or Auba now. If we cannot fund a rebuild then we will continue to be terrible. Our only valuable players are those two. One will have to go. Simple as that.
Sad but true 🙁
We got wot we Deserve sold the club to a gold digger who just takes the money so Thursday night football again but we will get past by wolves and Newcastle and Everton so no Thursday football after next year ahah
Well well well. Reality strikes again.
Thank God I was prepared for a loss. This team keeps sinking to new lows.
Very simple – we did not deserve to win and we do not deserve to be in the CL.
Why Kroenke is at this club I would advise any fellow Gooner to find a different passion for the foreseeable- we are absolutely dire.
Their quality players showed up … ours were absent
Too many players who lack quality, lack desire, lack understanding, lack passion to play for this club.
Nothing new there then from what we have been saying…
Paper thin squad with the end of season form didn’t really have a chance against a Chelsea who have no worries in the world right now.
Chelsea bring on a Brazilian international. We bring on Willock for Ozil.. say no more.
This game was so non-nonchalant for Arsenal. I am shocked at how slow we were from the first second. No desire. Same old Ozil who doesn’t care (he made a total of one interesting pass all game), same Auba who is just inexplicably sloppy at times for no reason, same dire defense, etc. etc. Xhaka somehow our best midfielder today and that’s not much to brag about. That’s how you know we are in trouble. Horrendous squad. We should’ve known this game was over when Ramsey was ruled out.
And then I told people that Brendan Rodgers was the right coach for us and they laughed….
Utterly stupid selections and football.
I dont think any other coach would get any better with this bunch!! They are clueless as a unit
Well, what a perfect way to finish the season. Good luck with transfer kitty and all the players interested in playing for arsenal. I can’t remember being so embarrassed lately. What a bunch of heartless sissies. Goodbye Arsenal, welcome Reality
Wot kitty av we got 1 anyway good bye arsenal shame it ended like this
Simply there is nothing in midfield and our defence is vulnerable. We have no leaders on the pitch and not a lot of game management on field. I thought emery had a high pressing quick passing game, where is the cross field balls and pressure across the high end pitch. We ain’t spending millions so we need to fight for top eight next season.
Hopefully no big team will be in Europa next season
Does it matter?
Well I don’t see us getting into the champions league through the top 4 with this rubbish squad so we will have to try the back door again!
Frankfurt would’ve battered us. Arsenal’s only hope is a Super League formation tbh. Because we are going to be pants for several years. We will not be in this final next season.
Put my phone down to observe salat after we were 1-0 down and picked it up now to see us go down 4-1. What has Emery done with those players for almost a month. If you want to lose, lose honourably. This is so embarrassing and people should not bring Wenger or Kroenke to this. This coach can’t take us anywhere.
The pains this team puts us throw season after season.
Now watch Spuds win the CL.
Shoot me now.
We fought very hard to get to this final & messed up, what is wrong with arsenal FC please God
Niles and Kolasinac lost as the game today…
Niles for obvious reasons. He gave away two goals.
Kola on the other hand had numerous chances to put in crosses first time but just had to take a touch which cost us… We should definately have scored first
arsenal why? Unai Emery why? Kronke you are shit….. London Supporters i can’t be sorry for you guys, just enjoy the defeat, i promise you more is coming and it will not stop until when you are no longer blind.
Cech was absolutely garbage..exactly why Leno should have started.
This May be controversial but we need a massive clear out
Should get 100m for all of them
And young CB
I would prefer to see the kids played
Lol..how would 3 players replace 8?!
Doh read it all
Play the kids DA
Are you now listing Ozil, no it should be Iwobi
Alll it required was put out a team like this and we win.
Koscielny…Mavropanos… Sokratis… Kolasinac
Guendouzi….. Torreira… Iwobi
Nketiah…. Lacazette…. Aubameyang
And we win!!! I can’t even blame the players the slightest…
IT’S SIMPLY THE COACH’S STUPID SELECTIONS
We are a laughing stock. Emery deserves a sack. No business drawing against Brighton. No reason starting Cech. The season in summary is a Total Failure. A total Failure. Emery has failed us. He should be sacked. Allegri, Conte, are coaches we should target. Also, we need to sack Steve Bould.
Kroenke is the problem – we have been in decline ever since his arrival. He is the consistent factor in our decline. Even if we had Guardiola, we would win nothing with Kroenke in charge. The best thing Arsenal fans can do is vacate their seats until he either spends money or goes. It’s going to cost but it’ll be worth it in the end.
Arsenal tried their best, Chelsea was better & we have to live with it & improve our squad. We have another opportunity next season so let’s work towards it.
Try their best and got walloped 4 goals to 1. Bro, there is no correlation there. Emery is shit. He is Wenger 2.0. I’m so glad I choose Mosque instead of sitting down at home and watch the game.
You are smart sir. I watched the game like an idiot.
But first, we have to sack the manager. He is not good enough. He is mediocre, naive and arrogant. We had no business drawing against Brighton at home. We had no business losing at home to Crystal Palace. It was naive to start Cech this night. Leno would have saved two of those goals. Stupid formations, no initiative. No plan A. No style of play.We need a new coach. Emery deserves the sack.
Supporting Arsenal Football club is not good for the health.
Uefa rules have changed since the last time Emery won the cup. Any team in the final NOW wants to salvage something, and most team in the final now are top clubs.
When will Arsenal ever win an European title in this my lifetime my God please help Arsenal FC cos we seriously need your help.