Alex Iwobi came on as a substitute and scored a consolatory goal for Arsenal who were thrashed 4-1 in the 2019 Europa League final played at the Olympic stadium in Baku on Wednesday reports Completesports.com.
A brace from Eden Hazard and goals from Oliver Giroud and Pedro Rodriguez secured Chelsea’s second Europa League title- their only title in the 2018/19 season to go with their third place finish. It was the fifth time that the Gunners have finished runners-up in the past 40 years.
The London rivals have each played 14 matches in reaching the final of the competition with Chelsea yet to taste defeat while Arsenal suffered only one loss.
Following a goalless first half in Azerbaijan, the all-English affair burst into life after the restart with five goals been scored in the second half.
The Nigerian international, Iwobi came on for Lucas Torreira in the 69th minute of the encounter.
Emerson Palmeri sent in a flat cross, which Giroud did well to stoop down and guide away from Cech into the bottom corner in the 49th minute after getting in front of Laurent Koscielny.
Pedro doubled Chelsea’s lead spinning his strike away from Petr Cech after being teed up by Hazard in the box seven minutes later.
The Spanish international, Pedro became the fifth player to score in a European Cup/Champions League and Uefa Cup/Europa League final, after Allan Simonsen, Dmitri Alenichev, Hernan Crespo and Steven Gerrard.
Hazard made it 3-0 for Maurizio’s Sarri’s men from the spot after Ainsley Maitland-Niles barged into Giroud inside the area, gifting Hazard the chance to convert the penalty down the middle.
Iwobi gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope when he sent a half-volley flying past Kepa Arizabalaga but three minutes later Hazard tucked the ball home with a composed finish after exchanging passes with Giroud to kill off the contest for good.
Arsenal will now have to compete in this competition again next term as their route into the Champions League was blocked by their city rivals.
By Johnny Edward.
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