Hazard double helps Chelsea hammer Arsenal to claim Europa League title
Chelsea thrashed Arsenal 4-1 in Baku to clinch the Europa League title in what is surely to be Eden Hazard’s final game for the club.
Arsenal had the best of the early chances during a quiet night in Baku. Granit Xhaka woke the crowd half way through the first half as struck the crossbar, before Petr Cech kept Emerson and Olivier Giroud at bay before the break.
The Frenchman put Chelsea in front with his 11th of the campaign, securing the golden boot, with a fine header into the bottom left hand following Emerson’s cross.
Pedro’s first time finish made it 2-0 on the hour mark before Eden Hazard made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after Giroud was bundled over by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Alex Iwobi did pull one back for Arsenal with a brilliantly taken goal from 22-yards out, but Hazard’s second of the night secured the 4-1 win for Chelsea, and with it the Europa League title.
Meanwhile, Hazard is expected to join Real Madrid in the summer – and he confirmed after the game he believes lifting the Europa League trophy was a goodbye to the Premier League.
“Yes, I think it’s a goodbye,” Hazard told BT Sport. “But in football you never know.
“My dream was to play in the Premier League, I did this for seven years, and in the biggest club in the world.
“Now maybe it’s time for a new challenge.”
More to follow.