English sweep as Chelsea, Arsenal reach Europa League final

English sweep as Chelsea, Arsenal reach Europa League final

Emery's side hold a 3-1 lead ahead of his return to Mestalla for the second leg on Thursday, with the English club likely needing to win the tournament to qualify for next season's Champions League.

He also angered the club for an exuberant celebration when his Sevilla side knocked Valencia out of the 2014 Europa League semi-finals with a last-gasp goal from Stephane Mbia.

If they get past Eintracht, Chelsea will hope that Kante can recover in time to play in the final in Baku on 29 May.

It had looked ropey when Kevin Gameiro broke the deadlock after 11 minutes - reducing the deficit to 3-2 on aggregate - but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's hat-trick, with an Alexandre Lacazette strike to boot, made it another memorable night on the road for Arsenal in Europe.

Arsenal have been woeful in the Premier League and require a miracle this weekend to finish in the top four above Spurs.

Gameiro converted Rodrigo's mis-hit shot just before the hour to set up a possible grandstand finish, but Aubameyang soon restored Arsenal's lead before completing his treble two minutes from time to book their first European final since they lost the 2006 Champions League final to Barcelona.


But Kepa's spot-kick heroics received widespread praise from fans on social media, with Twitter user @Blue_Footy saying the Spanish keeper's shoot-out saves redeemed him for his Cup Final meltdown.

"I enjoyed myself a lot here and I put my heart into my work, although I'm left with the sensation that I should have fought for a trophy here", Emery said. "Now we are through to the final".

"I think Emery, even if he loses the final, has seen a good improvement in Arsenal".

Chelsea have the final match of the Premier League against Leicester City on Sunday then a friendly to play in the United States before earning 10 days' rest to prepare for the final in Baku. I just try to my best and make them happy. "We want to play in the Champions League next season and we want the trophy".

We've no idea which Arsenal player was responsible, but we're willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and say they definitely didn't mean for this to happen.

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at home to lowly Brighton and Emery must be anxious by a defense which has leaked 10 goals in their last four league games.

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