There were plenty of talking points both on an off the pitch as Didier Drogba dressed up in a Chelsea shirt to give his old side a pep talk and fans blasted the terrible atmosphere in Baku.
As ever, Sportsmail was on hand to sweep up any little nuggets of info you may have missed from the final.
Drogba pep talk
The legendary Chelsea striker had his Blue shirt back on and filmed himself giving a quick motivational message to the players.
‘Come on guys, you know who we’re playing, win this one, bring the cup back home. Come on you Blues! I’m already wearing my shirt ready to celebrate’, the Ivorian said.
Drogba so often tormented the Gunners during his time at Stamford Bridge and would no doubt have loved to lace up the boots again in Baku.
Mkhitaryan feels the love
The decision to hold the Europa League final in Baku has come in for an enormous amount of criticism for a variety of reasons but Mkhitaryan is arguably the worst affected.
The Armenian decided it simply would not be safe enough to travel to Azerbaijan given the violent and bloody history between Armenia and the host nation.
Gunners supporters sung his name in the streets of Baku and he replied: ‘Much love to Arsenal fans.’ He also posted a picture on Instagram in his shirt, writing: ‘Let’s go Gunners, let’s go out there on that field and conquer this trophy – for our club, for our fans and our beloved ones I’m with you with all my heart.’
Henrikh Mkhitaryan posted this picture on Instagram and wrote a message of support
Rob Holding, who is recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament, supported his side from the stands and former Chelsea stars Tore André Flo, Eddie Newton, Michael Essien and Paulo Ferreira were among the old Blues invited to support their former side.
(L-R) Tore André Flo, Eddie Newton, Michael Essien and Paulo Ferreira were in attendance
There’s always one
Stack of baked goods? Check. Pint of ice water? Check. Half-and-half shirt? Check.
This sacriligious practice has to stop surely… I mean, who takes three boxes of pastry to a game?
A multi-national final
Between both Arsenal and Chelsea, there was an astonishing 15 different nationalities in the starting line-ups alone.
This equalled the record for most in a European Cup final.
The other two on a par with this one are Atlético Madrid – Fulham (EL, 2010) Ajax – Manchester United (EL, 2017). If you can name all the nationalities in those you have my admiration but should also probably leave the house more.
Incidentally, Chelsea were the first team since 2010 (Inter vs Bayern), to start a European final without a player from their home nation starting.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon was one of 15 different nationalities to start the game
Fans slam atmosphere
Plenty of supporters took to Twitter to vent at what seemed to be a rather drab atmosphere in Baku.
The fans who had made the trip attempted to make their voices heard but the distance from the playing surface and unsold seats conspired to damage the sense of occasion.
One described the atmosphere as ‘trash’ and another compared it to a midweek League Cup game
There were plenty of empty seats at Baku Olympic Stadium contributing to a poor atmosphere
Milestones for Giroud
The powerful French striker often goes under the radar and seems to attract unwarranted criticism at times but he’s a man for the big occasion.
A World Cup win last summer, a European final victory to cap off the domestic campaign and his 200th career goal in the showpiece against his former side. Not bad.
He is also the first player to score 11 goals in major European competition for an English club since Alan Shearer scored 11 in 2004-05 for Newcastle United. (Opta)
Olivier Giroud celebrated scoring Chelsea’s opener and his 200th club goal in his career
The Frenchman diverted a diving header past Petr Cech to give the Blues the lead
Arsenal on a par with Middlesbrough
The Gunners collapsed in dreadful fashion in the second half as Maurizio Sarri’s side ran riot.
As Eden Hazard stroked in his second, the north London club became the first team to concede four in a Europa League/UEFA Cup final since Middlesbrough lost 4-0 to Sevilla in 2006.
The Blues spurned a number of decent openings and the scoreline could have looked even worse.
Arsenal looked shellshocked by Chelsea’s second half onslaught as they conceded four
Steve McLaren’s Middlesbrough side were the last team to concede four in a UEFA Cup final
Zappacosta’s wayward aim
The Chelsea defender missed a sitter after the game.
In one of the worst attempts at rehydration you’ll ever see, the Italian squeezed the water bottle and the jet spurted past his head.
To be fair to Zappacosta, he smoothed it out by then hitting the target as if nothing had happened.