Europa League Final: Emery To Copy Wenger Decision Vs Chelsea

Emery Copy Wenger Decision

Unai Emery must decide the exact same thing that Arsene Wenger did when they take on Chelsea in the Europa League final, that is what ex-Gunners keeper David Seaman believes.

The Emirates outfit are facing up to their biggest game of the season when they face Chelsea in the Europa League final next Wednesday.

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A win will see the Gunners will play in the Champions League next year whereas a loss would not.

With a big summer coming up for Emery, the Spaniard knows that it is crucial to play in Europe’s elite competition.

However, it has surfaced that Petr Cech will rejoin Arsenal’s London rivals this summer as sporting director.

It has provoked some Arsenal fans and are now calling for Bernd Leno to take his place.

And Seaman agrees, pointing to a similar circumstance in which former Arsenal manager Wenger made the same call in the FA Cup final of 2002.

“Well it was announced and I was thinking ‘woah, who’s let this out? Who’s actually leaked this?’,” Seaman told talkSPORT.

“If it’s Chelsea then is it mind games? To make Arsenal think ‘is he going to be thinking about Chelsea when he’s playing?’

“Or maybe Arsenal have leaked it because they might not even be playing him, and use that as an excuse?

“It’s a strange one because there was a poll last night and I think it was about 60-40 wanted Leno to play.

“I know Cech has played all the games but in a final like that, especially against Chelsea.

“Arsenal need to win this game to get into the Champions League.

“For me, you play your strongest team. If that means Leno plays then that’s what I would do.

“I know Arsene Wenger did it with me, he did it to Richard Wright. He played all the FA Cup games and then played me in the final.”

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Superstitious Arsenal fans will remember that in that game, they won 2-0 against Chelsea.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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