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  1. Tonight is Arsenal and Chelsea’s sixth European final
  2. Arsenal have lost four of five finals – won 1994 CWC
  3. Chelsea won four – CWC twice, Uefa Cup and CL
  4. Kante starts for Chelsea, Giroud up front
  5. Aubameyang and Lacazette start for Arsenal, Cech plays final club game

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By Tom Rostance

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  1. ‘Chelsea having lion’s share’

    Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    Alan Pardew

    Ex-West Brom manager on BBC Radio 5 Live

    It’s two different systems and Chelsea have just got the lion’s share at the moment. The game’s just settling down.

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    Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    Olivier Giroud hasn’t had a touch yet.

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    Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    If Chelsea win tonight then on paper they have had a very good season, as good as they could have imagined, probably. But I also get why Sarri is under pressure.

    They’re not the most exciting side to watch are they? Controlled, steady possession. And if you take Eden Hazard out of this XI it’s an even steadier side…

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    Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal have some possession for the first time, they spread it from wing to wing, looking for space, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles loses it and has to foul Eden Hazard.

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles

    Copyright: Reuters

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    Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    It’s gone 11pm in Baku by the way. We could have extra-time and penalties…

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    Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    This is the camera angle I liked to use on Pro Evo back in my university days, but my housemates would want to zoom in. Miles away from the pitch.

    It’s a thumbs up from me but probably not great if you’re watching on a tablet. Chelsea dominate the early ball.


    Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

  8. Who goes where?

    Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 BST)


    IFArsenal win and make it into next season’s Champions League, it doesn’t mean that another English side miss out. They would have five teams in.

    Here’s who goes whereIFArsenal win.

    Champions League:Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal

    Europa League: Manchester United, Wolves


    Copyright: Getty Images

    If Chelsea win, just move Arsenal down to the Europa League pile.


    Lisa:Lots of empty seats for one of the jewels in the European Football crown it’s unforgivable making the decision to host it there

    Luke:The stadium is half empty. Uefa have embarrassed themselves.

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    Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Baku is the largest city in the world located below sea level, I read, and the home town of Garry Kasparov.

    I absolutely do not want to see ‘a tactical chess match’ tonight.

    Go for it!

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    Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    The Uefa Cup trophy is placed on the plinth at the head of the tunnel by Pat Rice – it’s the best-looking trophy isn’t it?


  12. ‘Sarri has to show more control’

    Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Andy Townsend

    Ex-Chelsea midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

    At the start of the season there was that noticeable uplift with Chelsea that new managers bring. Then all of a sudden they got to that tricky period, they got a couple of pastings, and he kept repeating himself, saying ‘I can’t seem to affect the mentality of my players’. As a manager, if you can’t do that, you’re setting yourself up, especially if you go public with it.

    Maurizio Sarri was a bit emotional yesterday and he’s shown that once or twice before, with the Kepa situation. I think he’s got to show he’s in control of these boys a bit more, and be a bit more ruthless when he has to be.

  13. More poor planning by Uefa

    Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport at Olympic Stadium, Baku

    Our pre-match entertainment here at the Olympic Stadium is Jonas Blue… a Chelsea fan tonight, surely?

    I presume Gunners N’ Roses were busy, but Uefa are leaving themselves open to accusations of bias here.


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    Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    If any of them are wearing gloves there’s a Venn diagram of society who may implode.

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    Three English sides have won the Uefa Cup/Europa League since the turn of the century.

    Liverpool beat Alaves 5-4 in an absolute classic in 2001, Chelsea then won this in 2013 with a last-minute Branislav Ivanovic header, and then Manchester United outclassed Ajax two years ago.

    Gerard Houllier

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    Chelsea's Marko Marin and Branislav Ivanovic

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    Paul Pogba

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    Fireworks time in Baku! Who is going to light up this game?

  17. We never win at home and we never win away…

    Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 BST)


    Cristiano Ronalod

    Copyright: Getty Images

    Arsenal have never won a Uefa competition match against another English club in six attempts (D2 L4), their last three all ending in defeat – at Liverpool in the second leg of their 2007-08 Champions League quarter-final (2-4) and in both legs of the following season’s semi-final against Manchester United (0-1 away, 1-3 home).

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    Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    A reminder that Arsenal need to win this game tonight to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

    Added pressure, added glory.

  19. On a losing streak…

    Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 BST)


    Thierry Henry

    Copyright: BBC

    Arsenal have lost four of their five major European finals, with their only victory coming in the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup against Parma; they’ve lost each of their last three, losing in the 1995 Cup Winners’ Cup, 2000 Uefa Cup and 2006 Champions League finals.

  20. England v England

    Chelsea v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

    Uefa Cup

    Copyright: Getty Images

    Arsenal against Chelsea will be the second all-English Uefa Cup/Europa League final in history, after Tottenham against Wolves in the Uefa Cup final in 1972.

    Spurs won that 3-2 over two legs. That fixture could be a Champions League final in a year or two…