Arsenal beat Valencia 7-3 on aggregate and Chelsea edged a penalty shoot-out against Eintracht Frankfurt to set up an all-English Europa League final.
Arsenal had a 3-1 first leg lead from the Emirates win and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick to help Arsenal seal a mighty 7-3 win on aggregate.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal side was completely in control as they oozed comfort against a mighty Spanish side.
Aubameyang scored 4 goals across the two legs while Alexandre Lacazette scored 3 goals across the 180-minute match.
Valencia’s forward line consisting of Rodrigo, Kevin Gameiro, and Goncalo Guedes was no match for Arsenal’s world-class striker duo.
On the other hand, Eden Hazard was again at the heart of a Chelsea goal as his pass allowed Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave the London-side a lead. Serbian prodigy Luka Jovic equalized for Frankfurt few minutes into the second half.
In the penalty shoot-out, club captain Cesar Azpilicueta missed a penalty. Then, Kepa Arrizabalaga saved two consecutive penalties from the German side’s players as Jorginho, David Luiz and Hazard scored successive penalties to send Chelsea through to the final.
The big all-English final
Arsenal will now face Chelsea in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku on 29th May.
Chelsea sealed their Champions League spot for the next season with one match to go in the Premier League and the Gunners would be more desperate for a win in the Europa League final.
Unai Emery won the Europa League for three consecutive seasons with Sevilla and the Spanish head coach to be the first to bag four Europa League titles in their managerial career if Arsenal wins the much-awaited final.
Maurizio Sarri would be hoping that a European cup would help him keep his job with the Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s ruthless track record in sacking the Chelsea managers.