Chelsea vs Arsenal - 29/05/2019 Preview

Chelsea will face Arsenal at Baku Olympic Stadium, in Baku, in the Europa League Final. Chelsea vs Arsenal is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Both strong and talented squads will play to become Winners of second biggest European Tournament UEFA Europa League. This season Spanish clubs domination in European Competitions ended, as in both Tournament’s Finals will play only English teams. The Winner of Europe League will get 8.5m € prize money and ticket to Champions League Groups stage. Moreover, at the beginning of 2019/20 season, they will play against CL Winners in European Super Cup to show which team is better. Review our thoughts on this Chelsea vs Arsenal match here below.

 

Chelsea

Football Club Chelsea this season played a very unstable football. In one side, the club finished 3rd in the Premier League and reached the Final of UEFA Europa League. In the other hand, they made a lot of mistakes, played unconfidently even against weak teams and as always, had problems with strikers. Although, the Blues lost in last 25 games only to top clubs like Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City. Moreover, in the UEFA Europa League Chelsea are undefeated in their last 17 games. The team played the same football against every opponent. Sarri’s favorite tactics are to control the ball on the oppositions half, cross the ball or try to go inside the box. The team and the coach clearly faced the lack the creativity in the game.

Maurizio Sarri looks like unsure about his future in Chelsea, as the club is not very pleased with the coach’s result. There are rumors about Sarri’s desire to become manager of the Juventus, as a result, Chelsea will offer Frank Lampard his position. Moreover, Eden Hazard will say his decision to join Real Madrid after the UEFA Europa League Final. Very likely that he will join Madrid in the already opened transfer window. 20 years old American Christian Pulisic joined the Blues for 64m € and it could be the one and only signing this season, since on club Transfer ban. In addition, ex-Arsenal player Olivier Giroud extended the contract with Chelsea for another year. Gonzalo Higuain most likely will leave back to Milan. Argentinian will be replaced by a young Tammy Abraham, who incredibly played in Aston Villa.

We hope, that transfer ban will give more opportunities to young Chelsea academy players like Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Loftus-Cheek and others who look really potentially strong and motivated.

 

Arsenal

Arsenal should be very motivated to overtake Chelsea this time. They took 5th place in Premier League, as a result, they will be promoted to Europa League again. We are sure, that Arsenal wants to play in Champions League after 3 season’s break. Unai Emery came to help the club. But looks like they are not ready to compete with teams like Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea. They absolutely ruined the end of the season by losing very important 9 points against Leicester City, Wolves, and Crystal Palace. In Europa League situation is absolutely different, as Gunners showed really strong football and won their last 5 games, even against Rennes, Valencia, and Napoli. They deserved the Final for their good game in Europe, although it seems that in the English Premier League the competition much stronger for places on the top.

The best signing of the year was young French Matteo Guendouzi from FC Lorient for 8m €. He could be one of the squad leaders in the future. Matteo showing great skills, confidence, and balance during the game. Bernd Leno becomes the main goalkeeper, as Petr Cech is already 37 years old and he talked about career end. The worst form was showed by Denis Suarez, who joined the team from Barcelona by the Loan deal and doesn’t found himself in London. English football is clearly not suitable for him. Denis will return to Barcelona, but he will hardly have a place in the main squad there after a disastrous season in Arsenal. The team still has to work and it is necessary to invest money in the development of defense since they are good in attack but to reach the best results they need to be strong everywhere.

 

Chelsea vs Arsenal H2H

Both London clubs have already met twice this season in Premier League. Chelsea had troubles at Stamford Bridge as the match finished with a 3:2 result. The Blues were confident after scoring two fast goals, but Arsenal made a comeback before the 1st half end. At Emirates, Arsenal took a more confident win by 2:0 result, without giving any chances to opponents. Now the teams will play in neutral territory, so there will be no home advantage for them.

Eden Hazard made a very big impact on clubs results. Belgian scored 16 goals and made 15 assists in Premier League being named 14 times the Man of the Match. In UEFA Europa League surprisingly, 32 years old Olivier Giroud scored 10 goals and made 3 assists. Very likely, that he will finish this Europe’s Competition with most goals. Unfortunately, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will miss next game due to injuries.

In Premier League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 22 goals and made 5 assists. Moreover, Alexandre Lacazette scored 13 goals and made 8 assists. Also in UEFA Europa League same footballers scored 13 goals combined and made 4 assists. These two strong strikers made a very big impact on the clubs results, so we can call them players of the team of the 2018/19 season. Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Denis Suarez will miss next game due to injuries. In addition, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the match, because of safety for political reasons.

 

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