Chelsea’s 4-1 thrashing of arsenal gave their manager his Maurizio Sarri the first trophy of his managerial career and ensured the Gunner will miss out on next seasons Champions League.
However, the match will be remembered less for footballing reasons and more for the controversies surrounding it. With an only about 5,000 fans being able to make it to Azerbaijan, there was a missing atmosphere to the Olympic Stadium compared to what is expected out of a cup final. The stadium itself appeared to be less half full.
After a lackluster first half, Chelsea opened their account with Giroud putting them front with a brilliant header. Just as when Arsenal was pushing for their equalizer, Chelsea struck again as Eden hazard set up Pedro for Blues second goal. Minutes later blues struck another as Hazard coolly slotted the ball home from the penalty spot.
Arsenal was given a glimmer of hope in the 69th minute as Alex Iwobi produced a fine long-range effort, which gave Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa no chance.
But Hazard quickly made sure of the victory as he scored another goal after a string of beautifully worked passes with the Giroud.
In what is said to be Hazard’s last game for the blues, this could be the best way to say goodbye to his only home in England.