The big news for Chelsea: N’Golo Kante passes a late fitness test on his knee. That’s a huge boost for the Blues, especially as the French midfielder has been struggling with a hamstring injury as well. Olivier Giroud is selected up front ahead of Gonzalo Higuain. That’s Giroud’s reward for his performances in this competition: he’s currently the joint top scorer this season with ten goals, alongside Luka Jović of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Arsenal’s leading man in the Europa League is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He’s got eight, a total boosted by his hat-trick against Valencia in the semis. He’ll lead the line with Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil tucked in just behind. Petr Cech is named in goal for the final game of a glittering career, before he takes up an administrative role at … Chelsea.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Palmieri, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.
Subs: Caballero, Alonso, Barkley, Higuain, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill, Ampadu, Gallagher, McEachran, Cumming.
Arsenal: Cech, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Subs: Leno, Elneny, Lichtsteiner, Iwobi, Mustafi, Welbeck, Jenkinson, Guendouzi, Nketiah, Willock, Saka, Iliev.