Political conflict threatens Europa League final for Mkhitaryan

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal into the Europa League final by scoring the hat-trick that ended Valencia's hopes of another dramatic European comeback on Thursday.

The results mean the clubs - which are now separated by four points in the Premier League - will play each other in the final of the Europa League on 29 May at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

But despite their commanding lead, Gameiro, who won the Europa League three times with Unai Emery during their time at Sevilla, believes his side are more than capable of overturning the deficit.

But Arsenal and Chelsea will only receive approximately 6,000 tickets for the Europa League final in Baku's Olympic Stadium on May 29.

Arsenal's path to the final was more straightforward, beating Valencia 4-2 thanks to a hat trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to complete a 7-3 win on aggregate.

Eden Hazard said he will do everything in his power to help Chelsea win the Europa League later this month in what might be his final game for the Premier League club.

Emery spent four seasons as coach of Valencia, leading them to top-three finishes in La Liga in his final three campaigns, yet he never endeared himself to the club's famously demanding supporters because his side never challenged for trophies.

"We played 61 matches, so it's very hard", Sarri admitted.

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Ajax have one foot in the Champions League final after they beat Tottenham 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night. In a semi-final it doesn't matter who plays, we have to step up.

N'Golo Kante has been ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury suffered during last weekend's Premier League clash with Watford.

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at home to lowly Brighton and Emery must be anxious by a defense which has leaked 10 goals in their last four league games.

Tottenham Hotspur beat Ajax 2-3 in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final thus securing a berth in the final which is scheduled to be held in Madrid.

"It's an important match and we have to play to win".

"I think they were aiming for Keown", he said, a reference to the time the former Arsenal defender was hit in the face by a ball during a live broadcast for ESPN. "It is a final so it doesn't matter which team we play, we have to give everything and win".

"I prefer to play the final against [Valencia], for me to play tomorrow here for 90 minutes with my team".

Maurizio Sarri is not taking tonight's Europa League opponents lightly, saying Eintracht Frankfurt are a "dangerous team" with "good strikers". I just try to my best and make them happy.

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