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Arsenal squad fly to Baku two days before Chelsea players



Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has decided to fly to Baku early, getting a two-day head start on Chelsea, ahead of their Europa League Final preparations.

Emery and his squad will leave for the controversial host city in Azerbaijan on Saturday and use local training facilities to get ready for Wednesday night’s all-London final.

Arsenal, who are going to take a big squad on the 5,000-mile round-trip as they can name 12 substitutes for the game, see it as a chance to get acclimatised to the conditions.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, in contrast, however thinks his team is better served by continuing to use their Surrey training base in London.

They will not fly out until Monday.

Both clubs will be allowed train in Baku’s Olympic stadium, which stages the final, to get used to the pitch.