The sides met twice during the 2018–19 Premier League season, with each winning at home: Chelsea by a score of 3–2 in the first match, and Arsenal 2–0 in the second.
They faced each other once before in a European tie, meeting in the quarter-finals of the 2003–04 Champions League; the first match finished as a 1–1 draw, with Chelsea winning the second meeting 2–1 away and advancing to the semi-finals.
They also reached the final of the Cup Winners' Cup three times: in 1980, when they suffered a 5–4 penalty shoot-out defeat to Valencia following a 0–0 draw; Arsenal were winless in their six prior meetings against fellow English clubs, with a record of two draws and four losses.
Most recently, they lost both legs against Manchester United in the semi-finals of the 2008–09 Champions League.
The 2019 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, the 48th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 10th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.
The kick-off time was also changed from CEST to CEST.Most recently, they lost both legs against Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the 2010–11 Champions League.They most recently featured in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final, losing 2–1 to Barcelona.For the first time ever, an open bidding process was launched on 9 December 2016 by UEFA to select the venues of the club competition finals (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Women's Champions League and UEFA Super Cup).Chelsea were playing in their second Europa League final, having won 2–1 against Benfica in 2013.
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The match was the second all-English UEFA Cup/Europa League final, after the inaugural final in 1972 between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.