Arsenal train in Baku as Unai Emery fine-tunes preparations for Europa League final against Chelsea
- Arsenal squad put through their paces in Baku ahead of the Europa League final
- Unai Emery ran the rule over his players ahead of the clash against Chelsea
- Emery took the opportunity to issue instructions to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal continued their preparations for Wednesday night’s eagerly-anticipated Europa League final against Chelsea with another training session in Baku.
Unai Emery’s squad flew out to Azerbaijan on Saturday and have been working hard over the past couple of days to ensure that they are in the best shape possible for the final.
Emery ran the rule over his players at the Bakcell Arena, which is home to Neftci PFK.
Sokratis competes for the ball with Lucas Torreira as Arsenal train at the Bakcell Arena in Baku
Torreira could have a crucial part to play as Arsenal face Chelsea in the Europa League final
Arsenal boss Unai Emery issues instructions to striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Emery is aiming to conclude his first season as Arsenal manager with silverware
The Arsenal boss took the opportunity to issue instructions to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has scored eight goals in the Europa League so far this season.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Petr Cech looked focused as he prepared for the final game of his career, which, if selected, will see him take on his former club Chelsea.
Arsenal are determined to win their first European trophy since 1994, and what would be just the third in their history, but know that they will face an arduous task against a Chelsea side containing Eden Hazard.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech prepares to face his former club in the last game of his career
Defender Shkodran Mustafi goes for goal with a spectacular effort during the training session
Midfielder Mesut Ozil will be determined to make a major impact against Chelsea
Defender Laurent Koscielny controls the ball as Alexandre Lacazette watches on
Winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s only route into next season’s Champions League, providing Emery’s team with an additional reason to succeed.
Arsenal are set to name twelve substitutes for the final, with youngsters Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Xavier Amaechi poised to be included.
The Gunners haven’t played a competitive game since May 12, when they concluded their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 victory away to Burnley.
Defender Sead Kolasinac looks to hold off young winger Bukayo Saka during the session
Talented young midfielder Joe Willock battles for possession with Ainsley Maitland-Niles