Sadiq Khan praises Chelsea and Arsenal for ‘flying the flag’ for London
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”
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.”
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.
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.
Former Arsenal striker John Hartson was also critical of the display.