Sadiq Khan praises Chelsea and Arsenal for ‘flying the flag’ for London
Chelsea players celebrated their Europa League triumph.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan led the congratulations to Chelsea after Maurizio Sarri’s side beat Arsenal 4-1 in Baku to win the Europa League.
Eden Hazard scored twice in the victory before suggesting it will be his last game for the Blues after seven years at Stamford Bridge.
Olivier Giroud and Pedro were also on target in what was also the final game of Arsenal goalkeeper Peter Cech’s playing career.
Khan tweeted: “Congratulations to @ChelseaFC on their victory at the @EuropaLeague final tonight. Fantastic to see two of London’s top teams flying the flag for our city in Europe. #ARSvsCHE #UELfinal”
Congratulations to @ChelseaFC on their victory at the @EuropaLeague final tonight.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 29, 2019
Fantastic to see two of London’s top teams flying the flag for our city in Europe. #ARSvsCHE #UELfinal 🏆pic.twitter.com/YCVwuvLCdV
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpililicueta won a second Europa League title with the club and posted a picture of himself and Gary Cahill celebrating their 2013 win on Instagram, along with the caption ‘#6yearschallenge’.
Gary Lineker was also full of praise for Chelsea and particularly Hazard after his match-winning performance in the Azerbaijan capital.
Lineker tweeted: “Congratulations to @ChelseaFC on winning the Europa League. Superb 2nd half performance and a brilliant display from @hazardeden10 ….possibly his last for the club. Boy, they’ll miss him if he goes.”
Congratulations to @ChelseaFC on winning the Europa League. Superb 2nd half performance and a brilliant display from @hazardeden10 ....possibly his last for the club. Boy, they’ll miss him if he goes.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 29, 2019
Former players Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack also extended their best wishes to the club.
As did Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was unable to play after rupturing his Achilles tendon, and Chelsea Women.
Europa League Champions!! YES! 😁🏆💙 pic.twitter.com/by1sE3JhI9— Ruben Loftus-Cheek (@rubey_lcheek) May 29, 2019
On the other side of the coin, Arsenal fans and former players were left disappointed by Arsenal’s performance.
Gunners fan Piers Morgan was less than impressed with the performance of Mesut Ozil in the game and then called for a major overhaul at the Emirates.
Time to sell Ozil.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 29, 2019
In fact, tonight would be good.
Arsenal’s dismal choke in the past few weeks has been utterly pathetic.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 29, 2019
Emery needs to have a big summer in the transfer market.
Former Arsenal striker John Hartson was also critical of the display.
Arsenal Inept 2nd half.. simply smashed by Chelsea.. Hazard different planet..— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) May 29, 2019