Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku will have the honour to host two London heavyweights who are set to battle it out for the Europa League trophy.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have had roller-coaster campaigns this season, but they’ll have a great opportunity to make it one to remember with a potential victory on Wednesday evening.
Apart from the chance to lift the silverware, the match has even bigger importance for Arsenal as a victory here would guide them to the Champions League football next season through the backdoor entrance.
The Gunners lost the battle for the top-four finish in the Premier League just to the likes of Chelsea.
Can they make it up here and allow England to have five representatives in the next edition of continent’s most prestigious club competition?
Chelsea vs Arsenal: Head-to-head
Arsenal lead the head to head toe by ten wins coming into 178th encounter with the Blues.
The Gunners were more successful in the most recent head to head history with Chelsea.
Arsenal won two, drew one and lost one of last four ties against Chelsea who only managed to pick up a single victory in last nine meetings with the Gunners.
The Gunners won 2-0 when these two likes last met each other in January this year at Emirates Stadium.
Both sides have actually been very inconsistent with their form in recent weeks. It was a pretty messy reading for Arsenal’s fans in late-April when the team lost three on the trot in the Premier League conceding three goals in each of these defeats.
Given losses came against the likes of Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City, we can say it was quite a disappointing streak for Champions League hopefuls back then.
The Gunners did manage to raise spirits with a pair of super impressive wins over Spanish heavyweights Valencia in the Europa League semi-final. They notched seven goals in two legs and backed it up with a 1-3 victory over Burnley in the last Premier League Matchday.
The Blues will head into this unbeaten in seven subsequent games, but they also won just one of past six across competitions.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is a doubt for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku after sustaining a knee injury in training over the weekend, according to British media reports.
The France international missed Chelsea’s previous two games with a hamstring injury but returned to training last week and manager Maurizio Sarri was confident he would be fit for the club’s season-ending showpiece in the Azerbaijan capital.
Both the Times and Guardian newspapers reported that Kante had twisted his knee during a training session on Saturday and was not likely to recover in time for the final.
The 28-year-old’s absence is a blow for Sarri, who is already without the services of defender Antonio Rudiger, midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and winger Callum Hudson-Odoi due to injuries