Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1: Hazard strikes twice as Sarri celebrates

Chelsea v Arsenal - UEFA Europa League - Final - Olympic Stadium

Eden Hazard's brace helped Maurizio Sarri claim his first major trophy as Chelsea crushed Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday.

In perhaps his final appearance before a mooted move to Real Madrid, star man Hazard struck two second half goals to confirm Chelsea's second triumph in six seasons in this competition.

Olivier Giroud sparked the landslide against his former employers in the 49th minute before Pedro put a second past retiring Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Alex Iwobi pulled one back in between Hazard's double but Arsenal faded horribly after half-time and, having finished fifth in the Premier League, are now consigned to another season outside the Champions League.

Kepa Arrizabalaga exuded nerves early with a poor punch and was fortunate that referee Gianluca Rocchi overlooked a slight touch on Alexandre Lacazette when the forward went to ground in the 18th minute.

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Chelsea players celebrate with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea celebrate with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard, left, celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the Europa League Final soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette looks dejected after the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich (centre) applauds the team after the final whistle during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea players celebrates after the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri hugs Eden Hazard as he is substituted during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
TOPSHOT - Chelsea's French striker Olivier Giroud (L) celebrates after scoring a goal as Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (R) reacts during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijian, on May 29, 2019. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
Chelsea's players celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijian, on May 29, 2019. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates his sides fourth goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates his side's fourth goal during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea's Olivier Giroud celebrates his side's fourth goal during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta celebrates after a team goal during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijian, on May 29, 2019. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
Chelsea's players celebrate after a goal during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijian, on May 29, 2019. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with team-mate Jorginho during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal's Alex Iwobi scores his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea fans celebrate the second goal as they watch the UEFA Europa League final at The Chelsea Pensioner, London.
Chelsea's Pedro scores his sides second goal during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea's Pedro (not pictured) scores his sides second goal as Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech looks on during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea's Pedro (right) celebrates with Eden Hazard after scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea's Pedro celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal players look dejected after Chelsea's Pedro scores his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech fails to save the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijian on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP) (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Olivier Giroud (not pictured) scores his side's first goal of the gameduring the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with Pedro of Chelsea and N'golo Kante during the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos (left) and Chelsea's Eden Hazard battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea fans celebrate the opening goal as they watch the UEFA Europa League final at The Chelsea Pensioner, London.
Arsenal fans as they watch the UEFA Europa League final at The BoxPark, London.
English DJ Jonas Blue performs prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijian on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP) (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: The Arsenal team pose for a photo prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: The Chelsea team line up prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
A fan holds up a Chelsea v Arsenal scarf during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal fans in the stands with empty seats during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil warms up during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard warming up before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
A view of the trophy before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: Bridget the Lion, Gunnersaurus, and Stamford the Lion, the Chelsea and Arsenal mascots pose for a photo prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
The trophy is moved in front of TV presenters prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijian on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP) (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the big screen before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: General view inside the Arsenal changing room prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: A general view inside the Chelsea changing room prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
Chelsea fans make their way to the stadium before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)
Chelsea fans display their banner in the stands before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea fans make their way to the stadium before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Fans outside before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
A fan of Chelsea in the stands before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
A fan of Chelsea in the stands before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
A general view from the top of the main stand at the Olympic Stadium ahead of the match during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
A general view of the Arsenal and Chelsea logo ahead of the match during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chelsea fans make their way to the ground during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
A general view of a fan taking pictures of the Olympic Stadium ahead of the match during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
A general view of the Olympic Stadium in Baku before the UEFA Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal.
Arsenal fans at a Hard Rock Cafe ahead of the match during the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
A general view of the Maiden Tower prior to the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal fans outside the Heydar Aliyev Center prior to the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Fans pose with the UEFA Europa League statue outside the Heydar Aliyev Center prior to the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
General view of the I Love Baku sign outside the Heydar Aliyev Center before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
A Chelsea fan waves flags before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal fans before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal fans before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
A Chelsea fan holds up a flag prior to the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
A general view of UEFA Europa League logo prior to the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal fans pose for a picture in front of Maiden Tower before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
A merchandise seller holds up a Chelsea v Arsenal scarf before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
General view of a billboard advertising the match before the UEFA Europa League final at The Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Handout photo provided by UEFA. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri during a press conference at The Olympic Stadium, Baku.
Handout photo provided by UEFA. Arsenal manager Unai Emery during a press conference at The Olympic Stadium, Baku.
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Cech, Chelsea's keeper in their 2013 success, appeared a picture of calm at the other end.

The 37-year-old parried an Emerson Palmieri shot and then brilliantly clawed away Giroud's angled effort.

He could do little to stop the striker a second time, however, with World Cup winner Giroud stooping to nod in Emerson's cross from the left.

Arsenal's encouraging start had fallen apart and Hazard teed up Pedro to slide in Chelsea's second with an hour played, before Ainsley Maitland-Niles bundled into Giroud's back.

Chelsea's talismanic Belgian made no mistake from the resultant spot-kick, although substitute Iwobi momentarily give Unai Emery's men a glimmer of hope courtesy of a thunderous volley.

But the ex-Sevilla coach's bid for a fourth Europa League crown was shattered within three minutes, Hazard capping off a classy combination with the tournament's top scorer Giroud to completing the humiliation.

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