How Chelsea dominated Arsenal in the 2019 Europa League final

Chelsea's dominance over Arsenal in the 2019 Europa League final was a true reflection of the gulf in class between the two sides on the night. The Blues came out with a comfortable 4-1 victory, with Arsenal never really looking like finding their way back into the game once Chelsea took the lead.

The match started with both sides showing a bit of nerves, with chances few and far between. It wasn't until the 42nd minute that the first real opportunity came about. A mistake from Shkodran Mustafi allowed Olivier Giroud, who was a former Gunner, to get in behind the Arsenal defence, but his shot was well saved by Petr Cech.

This was a warning sign for Arsenal, but one that they didn't heed. Right from the kick-off, Chelsea flew out of the blocks in the second half. Just four minutes in, Giroud got the better of Laurent Koscielny in the air, and this time his header found the back of the net, giving Chelsea the lead. This was just the start of Arsenal's woes, as just 11 minutes later, Pedro doubled Chelsea's advantage with a tap-in from six yards out.

With Arsenal shell-shocked, Chelsea were in no mood to show any mercy. Another goal from Giroud, who scored a brace on the night, and a stunning strike from Eden Hazard put the game well and truly to bed for the London rivals.

While Arsenal pulled a goal back through Alex Iwobi, it was nothing more than a consolation goal on the night. This was a devastating defeat for Arsenal, and one that highlighted the difference in quality between the two sides on the night.

This result was a tough one for Arsenal to take, especially with the added irony of Giroud, a former Gunner, scoring against his old side. For Chelsea, it was a historic victory, as it was the first time the club had won the competition. This result also meant that Chelsea would qualify for the group stages of the following season's Champions League, adding even more salt to Arsenal's wounds.

For Arsenal, this result continues to highlight the club's inability to find any sort of consistency in Europe. With the club yet to qualify for the latter stages of a European competition since 2009, the question still remains as to when Arsenal will finally get their hands on some silverware in Europe. For now, Arsenal will have to watch Chelsea celebrate their victory, with the Blues looking to become the first club to successfully defend the Europa League title in the 2020/21 season.

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