Robin van Persie predicts Europa League final winner
Robin van Persie predicts Europa League final winner
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Robin van Persie predicts Europa League final winner

Former Arsenal star Robin van Persie has backed his old side to beat Chelsea in the Europa League finals set for 29th of May in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

The two sides meet in an all-English clash in a week's time, as they both go in search of a title this season. 

Arsenal have not tasted European victory, with their last appearance in the finals being the Champions League match against Barcelona in 2006, and will be eager to add the title to their collection of trophies.

"Personally, I think Arsenal have the edge. They’re a little bit better. But Chelsea have Eden Hazard and he is a very special player – at any time he can come up with something," he told BBC. 

The Gunners will have extra motivation when they take to the Olympic Stadium for the match, knowing it's their only ticket for Champions League football next season, having missed out on a top-four finish in the Premier League. 

Arsenal suffered a huge blow on Tuesday after it emerged that Henrik Mkhitaryan will not feature in the finals, owing to a political standoff between Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

The Dutchman, who recently retired after playing his last match for Feyernoord spent eight years with the Gunners, before moving to Old Trafford in search of the elusive Premier League title. 

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