Chelsea vs Arsenal player ratings as Eden Hazard steals show in Europa League final

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A double from the Belgian forward plus goals from Olivier Giroud and Pedro inspire the Blues to victory in Baku

Chelsea ended their season on a high by beating Arsenal in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Baku.

A brace from Eden Hazard in what could be his final appearance for the Blues, plus goals from former Arsenal man Olivier Giroud and winger Pedro, secured a comfortable 4-1 victory.

Arsenal momentarily threatened to mount a comeback when Alex Iwobi scored a sumptuous volley from the edge of the area and were unfortunate not to be awarded a

Here’s how the players from both sides rated:

Chelsea

: Took too many early risky decisions but was able to ride that out and pull off several important saves

: The Blues captain led from the front in an industrious and impactful performance, shoring up an all-too loose defensive showing

: Tidy enough effort after a slow start when Chelsea struggled to acclimatise

: A constant positive influence when on the ball, who grew in stature throughout

: Struggled early on down the left but delivered the smart cross that allowed Giroud to set the Blues en route to the title

: Kept Chelsea ticking over on a night where everything went right for the Blues

: Somehow shrugged off a knee problem at the last minute, going on not only to start but also to shine in Baku

: Laboured on the ball too often early on but grew into the contest

: Took his goal smartly for a finish that put Chelsea firmly in control

: Signed off in style with two goals and an assist in a man-of-the-match showing on what should prove his Chelsea farewell

: Buried his goal with real aplomb to cap a typically industrious shift. Showed his class in offering an understated celebration against his former club

Subs

(for Kovacic, 76): Looked busy in the closing stages to help the Blues across the line

: (for Hazard, 89): Precious little chance to impact proceedings other than celebrate the final whistle

(for Hazard, 71): A solid cameo from Chelsea’s dependable Brazil midfielder

Arsenal

: Playing his final match before retiring, the 37-year-old made some key saves but was unable to stop the Chelsea onslaught

: The only English starter in Baku began well but tailed off as Arsenal collapsed

: The centre-back looked solid enough in the first half but should have done more to prevent the collapse

: The Gunners skipper should have done better for Giroud’s opener. It set the tone for a dreadful second half

: Deployed on the left side of the back three, he did not enjoy an evening to remember

: The powerful wing-back was getting joy in the first half but failed to capitalise when the momentum was with the Gunners

: A diminutive but forceful presence in midfield, he was withdrawn as Arsenal chased the game

: Saw a long-range effort clip the top of the crossbar but was unable to make an impact as the midfield became overrun

: One of the best around on his day. This was not one of those games

: Linked with a big-money summer exit, he could have had a penalty and a goal in Baku

: Normally free-scoring, he did not look at his sharpest

Subs

(for Monreal, 66): Unable to change much on a poor night

(for Torreira, 67): Scored a stunning goal and could have had another

(for Ozil, 77): The game was beyond the youngster when brought on

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