5 key players in Europa League Final

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However, it is not only a first European trophy for 25 years at stake for Arsenal, but also a much-needed return to the riches of the Champions League after a two-season absence that will make or break the impression of Emery's debut campaign.

Under the Italian, Chelsea have qualified for the Champions League next season and reached the final of the domestic League Cup before losing in a penalty shootout against Manchester City.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has defended the decision to host the Europa League final in Baku in an interview with German news magazine Der Spiegel to be published on Saturday. I don't think that if the defence is not doing our job you would make 70 points. Arsenal are without a doubt a huge European club with considerable pulling power, but the lack of European trophies in their history has often been a cause for concern for supporters. "We lost two or three matches very badly but we had a good season in the end".

In his first season as a coach, Lampard has steered Derby County to Monday's second-tier playoff final against Aston Villa for a place in the Premier League.

He told Sky Sport Italia: 'I have four years on my contract with Chelsea.

"Even when you play against Chelsea, it's the Europa League, it's a final so it's going to be different than the games we played in the Premier League".

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This time, the difference means more transfer funds, more momentum, more to play for next season, and a fan base that can finally shut up and appreciate Unai Emery. "I don't know what more we could do", said Rahimov.

Eden Hazard, who is preparing for what is likely to be his final appearance after seven years at Chelsea, has ruled out playing for another English club and vowed to leave on a high by winning the Europa League. I don't want you to think you might not play in the early rounds and yet when we arrive at the semi-final or the final you say to me: I am here to play. No.

One of the main criticisms levelled at Arsenal was their inability to overcome the "bigger" sides in the Premier League.

"Speaking about Petr Cech, we can be here three days and it is all positive things", said Emery.

"All the players, the fans, the club - we want to play against the best teams, and the best teams are in the Champions League".

Hasselbaink hopes Sarri took important lessons from that game as he prepares to go in search of major silverware.