Chelsea players arrive Baku ahead of Europa final against Arsenal(pictures)

Chelsea are on their way to Baku for Wednesday’s UEFA Europa League final showdown with London rivals Arsenal.
Having trained one final time at their Cobham base on Monday, the Blues boarded their team coach and headed to the airport for the five-and-a-half hour flight to the capital of Azerbaijan.

Both teams are entering their final preparations ahead of Wednesday night’s final at the Olympic Stadium, though Arsenal have already been out in Baku for two days to acclimatise.
Azerbaijan is three hours ahead of London time, meaning the final will not kick-off until 11pm local time, certainly a much later playing time than usual for both sets of players.

There was certainly an intensity about Chelsea’s training session on Monday as Maurizio Sarri put his squad through their paces before settling on his final team selection.

Supporters of both sides are beginning to arrive in a trickle to Baku, with most having endured long journeys involving multiple flight connections