Over two weeks since they last played a competitive match, Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in an all-English Europa League final.
The Europa League had looked for both sides their only realistic route into next season’s Champions League until Chelsea finished with a flourish and ended the campaign in 3rd place, securing their place among Europe’s elite for next season.
Meanwhile, for Arsenal, a win in the Europa League final remains their last chance of ensuring they will be playing Champions League football next season.
Chelsea players have fared better than their Arsenal counterparts on Dream Team this season and that’s reflected in our combined XI based on their fantasy football points.
Arsenal fans, look away now…
Kepa hasn’t always looked a safe pair of hands this season but has still done enough to beat Bernd Leno to a place in the combined XI.
Unlike Leno, who has shared goalkeeping responsibilities with Petr Cech this season, the Spaniard has been an ever-present between the sticks over his deputy Willy Caballero.
Not one Arsenal defender makes it into the back four of our combined XI *pretends to be shocked.*
Clean-sheets have been at a premium in north London this season with a spate of injuries at the back meaning not one Arsenal defender has managed to achieve a standout points total – Sokratis the best of the bunch on 111 points.
Cesar Azpilicueta’s status as an ever-present in Maurizio Sarri’s side has seen him pick up points consistently throughout the campaign, resulting in a total of 207 points – the most of any defender at both clubs.
It’s another clean sweep for Chelsea across the midfield, with Eden Hazard the standout name of the bunch.
The Belgian has helped himself to a mammoth 390 points – the most of any player this season.
The Europa League final looks almost certain to be Hazard’s Chelsea swansong after seven years at Stamford Bridge and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him add to his points tally on his final outing.
At the front end of the pitch we finally get some Arsenal representation with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both featuring.
The pair have so often been the savours for Unai Emery’s side this season and between each other have picked up a chunky 509 points.
Olivier Giroud, helped by his goal-scoring exploits in the Europa League, partners in attack the very same duo who ousted him from his starting berth at Arsenal in January 2018.
Arsenal might be outnumbered in our Dream Team combined XI, but Gunners fans will draw confidence in the fact Emery already has a trio of Europa League final wins on his CV.
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