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Arrizabalaga, thrilled after winning Europa League title

Chelsea v Arsenal - UEFA Europa League Final
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The Chelsea goalkeeper has celebrated his first senior championship, and he hopes he can bring more silverware home.

Chelsea defeated Arsenal 4-1 in Wednesday’s UEFA Europa League Final.

And this meant the first senior trophy for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who joined the Blues last summer.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won this trophy, one that we have been training hard for since the very start of the season,” Kepa told the club’s official website.

“We went into the competition hoping to win it, and our objective became clearer and clearer with every round.”

He said: “We always saw this as a fantastic opportunity for us – a European title is a European title – and I think it has been the perfect conclusion to a season that we had already finished strongly.”

“At the end of the day, we reached two cup finals and came third in the league.”

“All we can do each year is a fight to perform as well as we can in all the competitions we’re in, and we have shown our ability to do that,” the goalkeeper added.

“It’s true that we finished further than we would have liked behind the top two, but despite the ups and downs, I think it has been a good season for us and we are already looking forward to the next one.”

“It has definitely been a long year,” Kepa admitted.

“We played a lot of matches – the Europa League final is game 54 for me at Chelsea, which is a lot for only one season – but the most important thing was to come away with something to show for it, so we are very happy to have been able to cap it off with a major trophy.”