Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he would prefer to avoid facing Chelsea in the final of the Europa League and would rather take on Frankfurt.
The two English clubs are heading towards what could be an all Premier League final after the Gunners secured a 3-1 win at home to Valencia and Chelsea bagged a potentially crucial away goal in Germany.
Arsenal lost away to the Blues in just the second game of Unai Emery’s reign at the very start of the Premier League season, but comfortably won the reverse fixture at the Emirates in January.
Nevertheless, Aubameyang says he is not keen on the prospect of facing Maurizio Sarri’s side for a third time and feels Frankfurt are a slightly easier proposition.
‘No, I don’t want them,’ Aubameyang told reporters when asked about the prospect of facing Chelsea in Baku.
‘We know they are a great team but hopefully first we will go to the final and then I prefer to play Frankfurt, because we have already played against Chelsea.
‘I know Frankfurt are really good and if we both go through to the final it will be a hard one.’
Aubameyang is currently two goals behind Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot and has not given up hope of overtaking the Liverpool man.
He continued: ‘It’s a tough battle. We have great strikers in the Premier League. Hopefully they won’t keep scoring, but I’m a guy who is confident and I know that I can do it. If I don’t, no worries, that’s no problem. But there are still two games to play in the league so I have my chances. Why not?
‘I won it two years ago in Germany, in the last game. Me and [Robert] Lewandowski were level on 30 goals and on the final day I scored a penalty. When you are a striker it means a lot. If you want to be the best you have to win the Golden Boot.’
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