Gary Cahill is set to leave Chelsea once his contract expires in the summer and he was one of Chelsea’s 11 substitutes for the Europa League final win over Arsenal on Wednesday.
Former Chelsea stars Cesc Fabregas and Eidur Gudjohnsen believe Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri should have given Cahill the send-off he deserves by bringing him on in the final five minutes of the game.
Fabregas said: “He’s a fantastic servant for the club. It’s his night and a little touch to Gary Cahill, five minutes to go, let him on, let him wear the armband. I missed that to be honest.”
Gudjohnsen added: “I’m not sure it even crossed Sarri’s mind. As a coach he’s so focused. You have people around you, five mins to go, show the respect he deserves.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Chelsea were too good for Arsenal in the Europa League final.
The Blues beat Arsenal 4-1 thanks to a goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro and a brace from Eden Hazard.
“(It was) a system failure for Arsenal,” Keown told BT Sport. “(Chelsea were) too good for Arsenal tonight. It really magnifies the decline of Arsenal football club. It’s nowhere near the club it once was.”
Keown added: “Tonight it must’ve felt like the garden of Eden. He was so fully of talent and quality. The club’s fallen from a huge height. They have Hazard, we had Ozil. He couldn’t get Aubameyang or Lacazette in the game. They had too much for Arsenal.”