Europa League: Arsenal In Uphill Task Against Valencia

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Luiz believers it is great for English football that both the Europa League and Champions League finals are all-Premier League affairs.

Gameiro, who was part of Emery's Sevilla side who won three successive Europa League titles, continued his fine scoring run in the competition with another - only for Aubameyang to add the gloss with two more efforts.

The penalty shoot-out showed we couldn't make it but I am very proud of my team and they gave everything and we nearly beat Chelsea.

But Arsenal's attacking line-up paid dividends soon after Gameiro's opener as Alexandre Lacazette teed up Aubameyang to finish expertly for his first, later completing a stunning hat-trick to seal progression to the final.

He is now set to miss the Blues' European semi-final second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt but is targeting a potential return on May 29 should Chelsea progress on Thursday night.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is relishing playing his former club Chelsea in the Europa League final, which could make for a "remarkable end" to his glittering career.

The clubs are only separated by eight miles across London but face a trip to the eastern edge of Europe for the final in Baku, Azerbaijan.




It's unlikely that Mkhitaryan would start against Chelsea anyway after Aubameyang, Lacazette and Mesut Ozil played so well against Valencia, but having him on the bench as another option is vital.

It also could be Eden Hazard's last home game for Chelsea as all signs point to a move to Real Madrid this summer.

'Nobody wants to play in an empty stadium, when you have an opportunity to understand that we play for them'.

However, Sarri's frustration over the fitness of his players prompted his concern with midfielder N'Golo Kante absent from the club's semi-final victory over Eintracht Frankfurt with a hamstring complaint.

"We have to play to win, without managing the results".

Chelsea have the final match of the Premier League against Leicester City on Sunday then a friendly to play in the United States before earning 10 days' rest to prepare for the final in Baku. "So now we deserve to win a trophy".

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at home to lowly Brighton and Emery must be anxious by a defense which has leaked 10 goals in their last four league games. I don't think about that.

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