Hazard scores 2 as Chelsea beats Arsenal 4-1 in EL final
May 30 2019
Chelsea destroyed Arsenal with four second-half goals that handed coach Maurizio Sarri his first major trophy at the age of 60, although that might not be enough to silence the speculation that he could also be leaving Stamford Bridge imminently.
"[I'm waiting for] both, both clubs - I'm just waiting like you wait and the fans wait".
The Belgium global was the star of the show in ChelseaEuropa League final success over Arsenal, scoring two goals while also picking up an assist for the match-winning strike.
Pedro will always be remembered as being the only Spanish player to score in six official club competitions in one calendar year, finding the net in LaLiga Santander, the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de Espana, the Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup in 2009.
After scoring two goals on the way to beating Arsenal 4-1 in Baku, Hazard speaking to BT Sport said: "Yeah I think it's a goodbye but in football you never know". "Maybe I think it is time to say goodbye".
Sarri's side qualified by virtue of coming third in the Premier League, so the berth on offer to the victor of Europe's secondary competition instead goes to Lyon.
With Arsenal on the ropes, defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles collided with Giroud to concede a penalty that Hazard stroked home after 65 minutes.
Two minutes after coming off the bench, Alex Iwobi punished Chelsea for a poor clearance with a volley from the edge of the box to make it 3-1 in the 69th. Hazard first passed the ball to Giroud and then knocked his flicked cross past Cech, the veteran goalkeeper who was playing his final game before retiring.
But Hazard returned with his second - and Chelsea's fourth - goal, ensuring victory for the Blues.
"The season finished one hour ago so tomorrow I will begin to speak with my club, to the owner, to the director, or Marina, I don't know", Sarri said.
"You know very well that I love the Premier League, the level of the competition", he told reporters.
In the first Europa League final to have the video referee system, referee Gianluca Rocchi opted against using any reviews.
"Also we have a lot of players with the possibility to improve".
Arsenal play Chelsea on Wednesday evening, with kick-off scheduled for 11pm UAE time.