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Right from the start of the Europa League season this campaign, Chelsea and Arsenal have been tipped as the two likely teams to feature in the final of the competition, and it’s now looking like it will be so, with both sides set to go past the semifinal stage.
Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in the semifinal first leg meeting on Thursday and have the advantage going to Stamford Bridge with a crucial away goal. Arsenal were in fine form on Thursday as they defeated Valencia 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
The two English clubs are poised to make it past the semifinal in what could be an all Premier League final, but Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that he doesn’t want to face Chelsea in the final.
“No, I don’t want them,” Aubameyang told reporters when asked about the prospect of facing Chelsea in Baku.
“We know they are a great team but hopefully first we will go to the final and then I prefer to play Frankfurt, because we have already played against Chelsea.
“I know Frankfurt are really good and if we both go through to the final it will be a hard one.”
While Chelsea seem satisfied with the point away at Frankfurt, Eintracht Frankfurt boss Adi Hutter has warned Chelsea not to think the tie is over after the 1-1 draw.
“Everything is still possible,” said Frankfurt boss Hutter.
“We have to score a goal, that’s a fact, and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will be the great favourites – that’s for sure.
“But after the goalless draw here against Inter, no one thought we could go to Milan and win.
“That’s how we have to act in London: be confident, brave and courageous. But I’m happy with the performance. Anything is possible.”