It was all to play for between London rivals in Baku. A place in next season’s Champions League. A European trophy. A place in history, for either Unai Emery or Maurizio Sarri.
Arsenal were the side most under pressure ahead of kick-off,
What’s that all about from Kepa, easy catch and he punches it straight into the box, should be 1-0
— Tom Howarth (@Sirbobbyliveson) May 29, 2019
Is Kepa okay? Why on earth is he punching that?
— Niall Taylor-Ellis (@TaylorElllis) May 29, 2019
The first real talking point came just before the 20-minute mark, when Chelsea’s Kepa appeared to clip Alexandre Lacazette in the penalty area.
A goal kick was initially given, and although there was clear contact in the box, the Europa League final’s Video Assistant Referee didn’t deem there to be a clear an obvious error – something which went down very well on social media…
Dude Arsenal gets robbed of penalties even with VAR!!! Clear peno on Lacazette! #UELfinal
— ZO (@elgoritv) May 29, 2019
Granit Xhaka then saw an effort kiss the top of Chelsea’s crossbar with a long-range effort on his weaker right foot (yes, Xhaka does have a right foot), but their ability to survive Arsenal’s early pressure allowed the Blues to grow into the game.
Emerson and Olivier Giroud forced
It didn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken after the break, however, as just four minutes into the second half, Giroud pounced on a low cross from Emerson to guide a diving header into
Ohh My it had to be Olivier Giroud! What a goal ⚽️
— Shiresh Rajendran (@Shiresh_resh94) May 29, 2019
Giroud is now the Europa League’s top-scorer outright, only Aubamayang can stop him and he needs a hat-trick to match him which has never been done in a Europa League final. #CFC #UELfinal
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) May 29, 2019
That’s a world class finish from Giroud. So much to do there.
— RG (@registability) May 29, 2019
That movement from Giroud is what every striker needs to watch. Get across the goal and ahead of defender world class #CHELARS
— Matthew 黎 (@matt_h4) May 29, 2019
And within the blink of an eye, Chelsea doubled their lead.
Eden Hazard picked out an onrushing Pedro to fire the ball into the far corner of the net, leaving Pedro helpless to stop his former side from taking a two-goal lead.
Very nice finish from Pedro. Chelsea should be able to see this out now.
— Jacob gbeng (@BeastlyBarnes10) May 29, 2019
Hazard with another world class performance!
A simple pass to pedro is led into the net from a shot by pedro!
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal#UELfinals
— Professional Match Commentator (@sneakytrent) May 29, 2019
Ainsley Maitland-Niles literally just cost Arsenal 2 goals within 5 mins.
— Señor (@EnRouteAnfield) May 29, 2019
EDEN HAZARD COOL AS YOU LIKE
— Lloyd Hearne gbeng (@SodOffBarnes) May 29, 2019
All over, surely? 3-0 #cfc. Pedro to Giroud, fouled by Maitland-Niles, crazy challenge. Hazard cool pen. That Arsenal defence needs so much work but then everyone knew that before this collapse. #UELfinal
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 29, 2019
Why does Iwobi turn into prime Zidane every time he plays against Chelsea?
— Emmanuel (@Longe712) May 29, 2019
Great strike from Iwobi. Comeback on the cards? Surely not. #UELfinal
— Andy Cleave (@CleaveO) May 29, 2019
It’s all going to be about Hazard – it should be – but what a performance from Giroud. King of the Europa League
— dan statile (@dan_statile) May 29, 2019
4-1. Beautiful combination play between Hazard and Giroud. Arsenal are dead and buried now. #UELFinal
— Richard (@rpenners1) May 29, 2019
Whoever signs Hazard has to try and get Giroud onboard too. The two of them have a thing going on there #ARSvsCHE
— Robert Cox (@extratime_sport) May 29, 2019