That sensational 7-3 aggregate win means the Gunners have made it to Baku.
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- Joshua JonesMay 10, 20191:21 pm
ARSENAL and Chelsea fans have been left furious after finding out there are no direct flights from London to Baku for the Europa League final.
Just eight miles separates to the two clubs in the English capital, but supporters now face a gruelling 2,468-mile trip to watch them battle it out in Azerbaijan.
Many fans will miss out on the chance to go to the game after Uefa allocated each team just 6,000 tickets.
But the supporters that are lucky to secure a seat in the 68,000-capacity arena have a tough journey ahead.
There are no currently no planned flights from any of the London airports to Baku on the week of the final.
It looks likely that they will have to fly to Istanbul or Kiev before changing planes – which could take more than 10 hours in total.
One option would be for fans to fly out the Azerbaijan's capital on the Saturday beforehand and return one week later.
But prices of hotels in the local area are expected to rocket, so this would not be a cheap option.
- Joshua JonesMay 10, 201912:38 pm
PETR CECH could prove to be Arsenal's lucky omen in the Europa League final – as he looks to win his FOURTH final against Chelsea.
The veteran goalkeeper, 36, is hanging up his gloves at the end of the season, meaning his final professional match will see him face his former employers in Baku.
But he has a stunning record in finals against the Blues.
Cech swapped West London for North London in 2015 and won the Community Shield that summer, beating Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley.
He then backed it up two years later with the FA Cup and Community Shield successes at Wembley.
Arsenal fans will be desperate he starts between the sticks come May 29.
- Joshua JonesMay 10, 201911:59 am
ARSENAL booked their place in the Europa League final against Chelsea – and fans begged manager Unai Emery to “hide” Shkodran Mustafi's passport.
The Gunners reached their first European final in 13 years after beating Valencia 7-3 over two legs and will meet London rivals Chelsea in Baku on May 29.
Arsenal fans were left overjoyous with their European exploits but it did not stop them from voicing their opinion about out of sorts centre-back Mustafi.
The German has made a string of howlers this season with his errors leading to goals – and fans on Twitter joked the 27-year-old should be left off the plane to Azerbaijan.
One said: “Leave Mustafi and Elneny in London.”
Another said: “We need leaders more than ever in our team. Someone has to step up and hide Mustafi’s passport before the final.”
- Joshua JonesMay 10, 201910:52 am
MESUT OZIL may have struggled against Valencia at the Mestalla – but he silenced the home fans as he made his way off the pitch.
The 30-year-old shushed the Los Ches supporters as he was replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan – and was brandished a yellow card for time-wasting as he trotted off.
And with the former Real Madrid maestro booed by the Valencia faithful on his return to Spain, the German World Cup winner couldn't help but take a swipe at the partisan crowd.
Constantly jeered throughout, the three-time FA Cup winner decided to take his time with Marcelino's men in search of goals, before pressing his finger to his lips.
- Joshua JonesMay 10, 201910:22 am
ARSENAL'S dressing room was in full party mode after they reached the Europa League final.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero hitting a at-trick as the Gunners defeated Valencia 4-2 in their own back yard.
After the game the Gabon forward showed off the match ball signed by his team-mates.
And he must be a popular player in the dressing room, as one of the players had signed it “I love u”.
Showing off the fruits of his labour, the 29-year-old said: “Arsenal fans, thank you for your support, see you in Baku.”
He even managed to get the gaffer Unai Emery to sign the match ball.
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