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Probable Lineups: Europa League Final (Arsenal vs Chelsea)

Amuda Segun



Arsenal and Chelsea meet for the third time this season in what’s an all-English affair in the Europa League final.

Both teams have one win apiece from the first two meetings which came in the Premier League earlier this season.

Chelsea defeated the Gunners 3-2 at home in what was only the second game of the season before Arsenal paid their London rivals back with a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium in January.

Ahead of the Europa League final billed for Baku in Azerbaijan on Wednesday night, Chelsea have serious injury problems though the Gunners have their own fair share.

The trio of German centre back Antonio Rudiger (Knee), English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles) and English winger Callum Hudson-Odoi will miss the game while French midfielder N’Golo Kante is a big doubt after suffering a knee injury in training this weekend.

Kante suffered an injury setback having just returned to training last week.

He had earlier suffered a hamstring injury during the Premier League meeting with Watford at the start of the month.

For Arsenal, Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the game because of the conflict between his country and Azerbaijan, while Aaron Ramsey will miss the game as a result of a hamstring problem.

Arsenal XI (3-4-1-2): Cech; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac; Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira; Mesut Ozil; Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson Palmieri; Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic; Willian, Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard.

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