Arsenal manager Unai Emery admitted that Chelsea were simply better than his side in the 2019 UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday night.
The Gunners were thumped 4-1 by their English rivals in an encounter which took place at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan.
Pedro, Eden Hazard (brace) and Olivier Giroud all scored for the Blues, while Alex Iwobi netted what proved to be a consolation goal for Arsenal.
"Yes [it was a bad second half] but we knew it was going to be difficult to take our first target in the Premier League. We were closer to achieving that but we lost one or two points to teams like Tottenham and Chelsea," Emery said.
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"The other way was the Europa League. We tried and worked hard and we played against Chelsea in the final. Today, congratulations to them. They are now better than us. In the first half we had some possibilities and we didn’t take a lot of chances to score.
"We didn’t concede many chances to them, but for one big save from Petr Cech. In the second half, the idea was the same. We wanted to take our moment for the possibility to have the efficiency to score, but they scored the first goal," he added.
"The first goal was very important in this match because after we needed to play with calmness, but we made mistakes and they have very good players with the efficiency to score. We had the possibility to be in the match but they scored the second goal and after it was more difficult."