Chelsea, UEFA Europa League
Chelsea celebrate winning the UEFA Europa League final (Photo: Twitter)

Chelsea defeated Arsenal 4-1 in the final of the UEFA Europa League courtesy of a brace from Eden Hazard and a goal each from Olivier Giroud and Pedro.

The Blues crushed the Gunners’ hopes of making it to Champions League next season by finishing above them in the Premier League and then winning the European final.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery was missing the services of Hector Bellerin, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Aaron Ramsey while Chelsea were missing Antoine Rudiger, Ruben Loiftus-Cheek, and Callum Hudson Odoi.

In the first half, the match got off to a cagey start. A rocketed shot from 30 yards from Swiss midifelder Granit Xhaka was tipped over by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

At the other end, Petr Cech also made a save from an Olivier Giroud shot before the end of the first half.

Four minutes into the second half, Emerson put the ball into the box and Giroud headed the ball in the back of the net with an excellent diving header hurting his former club’s chances of Champions League qualification.

At the hour mark, Eden Hazard teed up Pedro who helped the ball hit the back of the net for the second time on the night.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles fouled Giroud in the penalty box in the 65th minute allowing Hazard to take a shot at goal from the penalty spot.

The Belgian forward stepped and calmly finished the chance past former teammate Cech tripling his side’s lead.

In the 69th minute, substitute Alex Iwobi fired a shot at the far post from outside the box pulling a goal back and restoring Arsenal’s hopes of winning the match.

Barely 150 seconds later, Hazard exchanged a one-two with Giroud and scored his second goal of the night putting the result of the match beyond any doubt.

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