During the group stages, the Gunners faced relatively easy opponents but in the knockout stages, they had to overcome some stern clubs like Rennes, Napoli and Valencia.
Chelsea, on the other hand, had a pretty smooth ride to the finals except for the semi-finals when they had to win on penalties vs Eintracht.
The Blues have already qualified for the Champions League next season after finishing in the top four of the Premier League table which means if they can beat Arsenal then Sarri will end his first season in charge with a silverware.
But for Arsenal things are a lot different.
The Gunners will only get to play in the Champions League next campaign if they lift the Europa league this season after having failed to reach the top-four in their domestic league.
But if one were to go by the arrangements of the club then surely they feel pretty confident of winning the Europa League.
As per reports, Arsenal have already planned a potential Europa League victory parade.
And just so that you are clear, these arrangements were made even before the club had reached the semi-finals.
The Daily Mail claims that Arsenal had sought permission from the Islington Council for a potential parade via an email which read:
“Whilst there is still a long way to go and much to plan, in principle, could you support an event?”
The report also claims that a council member had also agreed on a parade.
And now Arsenal have released a statement claiming that they are making preparations for a parade should they win the Europa League vs Chelsea.
“We are all excited to be in the UEFA Europa League final and obviously have to make all the necessary preparations to celebrate with our fans should we lift the trophy,” a club spokesperson said(as reported).
“This includes contingency planning with Islington Council around possible road closures and safety arrangements.”