Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been defended by club legend Martin Keown for his team selection against Chelsea in the Europa League final.

Emery has made a big call in starting Petr Cech, who is set to face his former side, having already agreed to head back to the club and take the sporting director role. Many argued that Leno, as the club's undisputed number one, should have replaced Cech despite the fact the veteran has featured in every Europa League game so far this season.

However, Keown stood by Emery when asked if the Spaniard had made the right call with his choices for the Europa League final.

"Yes, without doubt, he’s an extra-special individual if I had anything to do with the football club I’d try to keep him there in some capacity. He’s a special player, a very good professional. And tonight, fingers crossed he’ll going to have an outstanding performance," he told BT Sport.

"He must be a very proud man tonight, his old club, served them with great dignity and with Arsenal there have not been too many leaders but he’s one of them. Now he’s going to want to go out with a flourish take a trophy home with him and turn the next chapter. I’m sure there’s plenty ahead of him in the game."

Arsenal, who finished fifth on the log have only this chance to qualify for the Champions League next season.

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