While the Blues would look to win it for the potentially outgoing Eden Hazard, Arsenal can only qualify for the Champions League with a win.
Chelsea host Premier League rivals Arsenal in an all English Europa League final. The road to the final has been very contrasting ones for the two teams. Chelsea enjoyed relatively easier fixtures against sides like Malmo, Dynamo Kiev and Slavia Praha before finally having the need to pull their socks up against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Arsenal had to work their way out of the knock-out stages till the final after overcoming trickier fixtures against BATE, Rennes, Napoli and Valencia. Nevertheless, the two teams are in the showdown event, and the fans are excited about the fixture that would have some world-class talents on the field for the two sides.
Speaking of which, the combined market values of the two squads would be one of the highest for a Europa League final in the recent past. So we at Khel Now take a look at them and present you the market values of each player of the two sides and a brief comparison of them.
MARKET VALUES – Goalkeepers
Chelsea has one of the highest valued goalkeepers in Kepa Arrizabalaga. The 24-year-old former Athletic Bilbao man joined the Blues this summer in a record deal worth £72m and is going to start for them in Baku.
|MARKET VALUES | Goalkeepers
|£49.50m||Kepa Arrizabalaga||Bernd Leno||£22.50m|
The goalkeeper is valued at £49.50m in the market and has £900k worth Willy Caballero, who recently extended his contract for a year, £450k worth Jamal Blackman and recently signed on free transfer £225k worth Robert Green deputising him at the club.
Arsenal has Germany’s second highest valued goalkeeper in Bernd Leno worth £22.50m along with the retiring £2.25m worth Petr Cech.
While Petr Cech has started all the Europa League games for the London based club this season, there are suggestions coming to Unai Emery to start with his club’s first choice keeper Bernd Leno in such a high profile game.
MARKET VALUES – Defenders
Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso is the highest valued defender of the game and has featured in almost every Premier League game of Chelsea this season. The £40.50m valued left-back could well be playing his final game for the club with Real Madrid interested in signing him.
Antonio Rudiger is another highly valued player, valued as much as Alonso, but is out of the game due to an injury. £31.50m valued Andreas Christensen and £22.50m valued David Luiz will start in the centre of the defence while £36m-valued Cesar Azpilicueta will play as the right-back.
|MARKET VALUES | Defenders
|£40.50m||Antonio Rudiger||Shkodran Mustafi||£27.00m|
|£22.50m||David Luiz||Rob Holding||£10.80m|
|£9.00m||Ethan Ampadu||Konstantinos Mavropanos||£2.70m|
|£40.50m||Marcos Alonso||Sead Kolasinac||£18.00m|
|£36.00m||Cesar Azpilicueta||Hector Bellerin||£36.00m|
|£16.20m||David Zappacosta||Carl Jenkinson||£2.25m|
Arsenal plays a three-man backline featuring £18m-rated Sokratis Papastathopoulos who signed from Dortmund, £9m-valued club captain Laurent Koscielny and one of £9m-rated Nacho Monreal or £27m-rated Shkodran Mustafi.
Mustafi has come under the scrutiny for his displays and is seen as a liability by the Gunners while Monreal lacks the pace to match the likes of Pedro and Willian.
Sead Kolasinac and Maitland Niles have featured heavily for the Gunners as the wingbacks and are expected to start against the Premier League rivals.
MARKET VALUES – Midfielders
Chelsea has some real quality in the midfield with the second highest valued midfielder of the world NGolo Kante (£90.00m) playing alongside Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho, another very highly valued player.
Jorginho has been the buy of Maurizio Sarri and was with him at Napoli previous season. The £58.50m valued Brazilian is expected to dictate the game for the Blues with the on-loan from Real Madrid midfield Kovacic needed to help in linking the attack with the midfield.
Sarri also has £25.20m valued Ross Barkley, and £9m valued Danny Drinkwater to bank on when in need of extra attacking or defensive options in the midfield.
|MARKET VALUES | Midfielders
|£31.50m||Mateo Kovacic||Mohamed Elneny||£9.00m|
|£25.20m||Ross Barkley||Aaron Ramsey||£36.00m|
|£22.50m||Ruben Loftus-Cheek||Matteo Guendouzi||£27.00m|
|£9.00m||Danny Drinkwater||Denis Suarez||£10.80m|
|£9.00m||Marko van Ginkel||Mesut Ozil||£31.50m|
Xhaka has been with Arsenal for three seasons now and carries a market value of £45m. Competing for a place beside Xhaka would be Lucas Torreira and Matteo Geundozi who have been signed from Sampdoria and FC Lorient and are valued at £49.50 million and £27m respectively. Arsenal is not too far behind their London rivals with the midfield full of youngsters and seasoned players. The likes of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira would look to break down the attacks of the opposition while Mesut Ozil will be needed to add the creative spark up front and provide for the forwards.
Ozil and Mkhitaryan have been awry throughout the season and would look to finish the season on a high by winning the UEFA Europa League.
MARKET VALUES – Forwards
Chelsea again has the highest rated player of the position in the Real Madrid-bound £135m-rated Eden Hazard. The Belgian winger is expected to play his final game for the Blues in Baku before leaving for Los Blancos.
|MARKET VALUES | Forwards
|£135.00m||Eden Hazard||Alex Iwobi||£22.50m|
||Callum Hudson-Odoi||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||£67.50m|
|£40.50m||Gonzalo Higuain||Eddie Nketiah||–|
On the right, one of £45m-valued Willian or £22.50m-valued Pedro will feature while Olivier Giroud will be starting ahead of the on-loan from Juventus Gonzalo Higuain.
Arsenal struck gold by bringing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to partner Barcelona bound £58.50m-rated Alexander Lacazette. While Lacazette was assumed to play second fiddle to the £67m-rated Gabonese forward, the duo has partnered well together upfront to turn out to be one of the best striking duos of the world.