Europa League Review: Arsenal, Chelsea book all-England final

By Lance Whittaker, Mariah Ramharack& George Davis May 09, 2019

Arsenal and Chelsea scored contrasting victories in wins over Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

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