CHELSEA got the better of its English Premier League rivals to win the Europa League Wednesday, beating Arsenal 4-1 amid a strange atmosphere in the Baku Olympic Stadium.
Despite a bright start from the Gunners, Chelsea ran riot in the second half with
Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who made 253 appearances during his six years at the Emirates, broke the goalless deadlock with a wonderful header in the 49th minute before Pedro doubled Chelsea’s lead moments after.
The Frenchman barely celebrated the goal which helped end Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League football next season.
With Arsenal unraveling, Eden Hazard was on hand to add a third dispatching an expert penalty after Giroud was fouled in the box.
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi did produce a moment of inspiration smashing a shot into the top corner but it proved little more than a consolation after Hazard added a fourth following a sweeping counter-attack.