Chelsea thrash Arsenal 4-1 in Baku to win the Europa League

Chelsea v Arsenal - UEFA Europa League Final

Chelsea have beaten Arsenal 4-1 in Baku to lift the Europa League trophy.

After a miserable first-half, Chelsea turned on the style after the break.

The Blues scored three goals within 16 second-half minutes through Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Eden Hazard.

Arsenal did pull one back through Alex Iwobi's brilliant strike but Hazard scored another to clinch the trophy.

Chelsea and Arsenal were only given 6,000 tickets each in the Olympic Stadium, which has a capacity of 68,000.

But less than 5,500 fans between the two clubs made the 2,900-mile journey from London to Azerbaijan.

And you could tell inside the stadium. There was no atmosphere and it had the feel of a pre-season match, rather than a European final.

To be fair, the entertainment on the pitch didn’t do too much to excite the fans inside the stadium.


Chances were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes.

Arsenal had a penalty shout turned down when Alexandre Lacazette went down under the challenge of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The best chance of the first-half came when Olivier Giroud forced Petr Cech into a fine save.

But it was the former Arsenal striker that opened the scoring just minutes after half-time.

Giroud met Emerson’s low cross with a terrific header past Cech.

On the hour mark, Chelsea doubled their lead.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles lost possession and, seconds later, Hazard fed Pedro who finished cooly into the bottom corner.

Five minutes later, it was well and truly game over.

Maitland-Niles clumsily fouled Giroud in the penalty area and Hazard sent Cech the wrong way to make it 3-0.

But the goal of the game came from Arsenal's Iwobi.

Just minutes after he had come on, Iwobi scored a terrific half volley to give his side a bit of hope.

But Giroud and Hazard combined well to allow the Belgian to score his second and put the final beyond any doubt.

The victory represents Maurizio Sarri's first ever trophy as a manager and could well see him remain in the job for next season.

As for Arsenal, they will have to settle for Europa League football once again next season.

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