Arsenal faced the sternest test on the road to the Europa League finals – the London club had to beat the likes of Napoli and Valencia to come this far despite the leaky nature of their defence. In Baku today, Emery is expected to field his best squad.
Chelsea have won the trophy in the past and qualified for next season’s UCL which means Arsenal will be more desperate for the win. The Europa league presents an outside chance for Champions league qualification, a feat the players want to achieve. Meanwhile, Unai Emery has won the Europa league three times in a row, he will looking to bring the same glory to Arsenal today.
There were reports of infractions in the camp of Chelsea but that may not necessarily affect how they play today. The Blues have experienced player and should be able to deal with any pressure.
Arsenal team news
Danny Welbeck is training with the main squad and could be featured today. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not injured but could not travel with the squad over political reasons.
Dennis Suarez, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are yet to fully recover from their injuries and will be spectators like you and i.
The forms of Lacazette and Aubameyang means both players are in the line to start. We expect to see a formation that will accommodate the duo.