It’ll be an all-English Europa League Final in Baku later this month after Chelsea and Arsenal took care of business on Thursday night.
Arsenal walloped Valencia in the second leg of their matchup against the Spanish giants. They already held a 3-1 advantage in the draw after their win in London last week, and they left little doubt as to who the superior team was after a 2-4 win at Mestalla.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned in yet another stellar performance, scoring a hat trick for the Gunners. Alexandre Lacazette, his striking partner, also added one for Arsenal. Kévin Gameiro’s two goals were simply not enough for Los Che.
In the other semi-final matchup, Chelsea had to go to penalty kicks to dispatch of Eintracht Frankfurt and advance to the final.
Chelsea took an early lead in the 28th minute with a Ruben Loftus-Cheek goal. However, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic tied the game with a goal just after halftime.
After neither team scored through 40 more minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, the match went to penalties. Eden Hazard scored the clinching goal to send his team forward after a 4-3 shootout win in what may end up being his last game at Stamford Bridge.
The final will be held on May 29th in Baku, Azerbaijan.