Explained: What Arsenal’s FA Cup win means for Wolves & their European hopes #Chelsea

Explained: What Arsenal’s FA Cup win means for Wolves & their European hopes




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Wolverhampton Wanderers won’t be competing in the Europa League in 2020/21.

Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley today to ensure Wolves’ seventh-placed finish in the Premier League doesn’t lead to European football.

Wolves needed Chelsea to beat the Gunners at Wembley to see them through to the Europa League qualifying rounds and they got off to the perfect start with Christian Pulisic putting them ahead inside six minutes.

But Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned it around, first from the penalty spot before he buried the winner midway through the second half.

Chelsea went down to 10 men late on after key midfielder Matteo Kovacic was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Wolves may not be involved in the Europa League next season but their Champions League dream is still alive.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side restart their 2019/20 Europa League campaign on Thursday with the last-16 second leg versus Olympiakos at Molineux.

If they progress against the Greek side Wolves will travel to Germany to compete in a mini-tournament to decide the winner of this year’s competition.

The team that wins the Europa League final on August 21 in Cologne will be rewarded with a place in next season’s Champions League.

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Wolves reached the Europa League qualifying rounds last season through finishing seventh and played three two-legged qualifiers to earn their place in the group stages.

Emphatic victories over Crusaders (6-1 on aggregate) and FC Pyunik (8-0 on aggregate) preceded a 5-3 win over Italian club Torino in the play-off round.



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