Europa League Final 2018/19 Tactical Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Wednesday night will be the first London derby in a European final. Chelsea and Arsenal will both travel just under 2,500 miles to Baku in the hunt for Europa League glory.

Chelsea have already won the competition back in 2013 under Rafael Benítez and have already gained qualification for next year’s Champions League.

However, the pressure is on for Unai Emery’s Arsenal who are yet to win a European trophy and with the Gunners only managing a fifth-place finish in the Premier League, defeat in Baku will mean no Champions League football next season and a return to Thursday night football.

In this tactical analysis, we will look at how the Europa League could be won.

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Europa League 2018/19 Tactical Preview: Chelsea v Arsenal Statistics

In the Europa League this season, Emery has opted to play with a 3-5-2 formation. However, playing against English opponents don’t be surprised to see him swap to a back four in which he has done in the league this season. Petr Čech has been the choice in European competition for Emery this campaign, however, Bernd Leno may be selected for the final. Emery likes to be solid in midfield and have two central midfielders.

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