Chelsea and Arsenal will face each other in the Europa League final on May 29, and both teams are keen on ending the season with the Europa League trophy.
For Arsenal, the win will give them the chance to play in the Champions League next season after missing out on top four. Chelsea eventually made it to the Champions League by finishing the season in 3rd, but this game will give the Blues fans a trophy to cheer for after losing the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City.
In preparing for the Europa League final, Arsenal have organised a behind-closed-doors friendly match with Austrian side LASK Linz.
According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal have arranged for LASK Linz’s squad and coaching staff to be flown in this week ahead of a friendly at the club’s London Colney training base.
Unai Emery said of Arsenal’s preparation for the Europa League final: “We prepare like when it’s an international break.
“We will have two days off and for the first week we will not be thinking about the final.
“We will train three days in London and then next weekend we will have it off and then we will start on Tuesday in London with three days training preparing with all of our focus on the final.
“We will go to Baku three or four days before the final, Saturday I think, and prepare for the match over the last three training sessions.”
Arsenal and Chelsea were both allocated 6000 seats for the final in a stadium that can occupy 70,000 fans.
Emery revealed his regret at UEFA’s decision and was disappointed that the game will be played far from England.
“I don’t know exactly [the reasons behind] the decision to play in one place or another place” Emery added.
“The problem is for the supporters. I prefer to play closer to England, because we are two English teams and can move a lot of supporters to be with us.
“There are going to be 6,000 of our fans and 6,000 Chelsea fans. But the stadium has a capacity of 70,000.
“I think it’s going to be full, but [maybe not] with our fans and Chelsea’s fans.”