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Arsenal set up friendly match in preparation for Europa League final against Chelsea

first_imgArsenal will qualify for next season’s Champions League with a victory over Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Emery has admitted that he would have preferred the Europa League final being played closer to home.‘I don’t know exactly [the reasons behind] the decision to play in one place or another place’ the Spaniard added.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The problem is for the supporters. I prefer to play closer to England, because we are two English teams and can move a lot of supporters to be with us.‘There are going to be 6,000 of our fans and 6,000 Chelsea fans. But the stadium has a capacity of 70,000.‘I think it’s going to be full, but [maybe not] with our fans and Chelsea’s fans.’MORE: Tanguy Ndombele has offers from three of the ‘biggest clubs in Europe’, reveals Lyon president Arsenal set up friendly match in preparation for Europa League final against Chelsea Arsenal face Chelsea in the Europa League final at the end of the month (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have organised a behind-closed-doors friendly match with Austrian side LASK Linz as they look to step up their preparation for the Europa League final.A comprehensive 7-3 aggregate win over Valencia secured Arsenal a place in the final and Unai Emery’s men face Chelsea in Baku, Azerbaijan for their last chance of silverware this season.The Gunners would qualify for next year’s Champions League with victory on May 29 and Emery’s transfer budget this summer is likely to be heavily dependent on the result.According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal have arranged for LASK Linz’s squad and coaching staff to be flown in this week ahead of a friendly at the club’s London Colney training base.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are in the middle of a long break between their last Premier League fixture, a 3-1 win away to Burnley, and the Europa League final and Emery will be hoping the game helps bring his players closer to match fitness before they depart for Azerbaijan.Linz are second in the Austrian Football Bundesliga, 12 points behind leaders Red Bull Salzburg. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 May 2019 1:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Commentcenter_img Advertisement Emery’s side have organised a friendly match for Thursday (Picture: Getty)On Arsenal’s preparations for their all-important clash with Chelsea, Emery said: ‘We prepare like when it’s an international break.‘We will have two days off and for the first week we will not be thinking about the final.‘We will train three days in London and then next weekend we will have it off and then we will start on Tuesday in London with three days training preparing with all of our focus on the final.‘We will go to Baku three or four days before the final, Saturday I think, and prepare for the match over the last three training sessions. Advertisementlast_img

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