Arsenal and Chelsea fans arrive at the Olympic Stadium in Baku prior to the Europa League final (including a dress up like Big Ben!)
- Kick-off is fast approaching for the Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday
- Arsenal looks at Chelsea in an English affair in the capital of Azerbaijan
- Fans have encountered enormous difficulties in making the trip to Eastern Europe
Arsenal and Chelsea fans have descended to the Olympic Stadium in Baku, with the hours until the kick-off in the final of the Europa League.
The two London clubs meet this week in the first of two fully English European finals in the capital of Azerbaijan.
And despite the travel problems that a trip to nearly 3,000 miles to Eastern Europe offered, they turned out to be happy for the big race.
A group of Arsenal fans are taking a selfie on Wednesday evening outside the Olympic Stadium in Baku
A group of Chelsea fans pose with a flag for the Europa League final in Baku
Arsenal fans who gathered earlier in the day before the final in the city center
An Arsenal fan shows off his flag while the clock is ticking off on Wednesday
Fans posed for photos & selfies outside the stadium, which glowed bright orange when the evening dawned. One of them even dressed as Big Ben to bring a touch of London to the occasion.
Many locals were there with only 6,000 Arsenal and Chelsea fans who reportedly made the trip from the UK.
Both clubs were allocated 12,000 tickets between them for the flagship final in a stadium with a 69,870 points.
But they eventually returned half of their tickets, with fans experiencing major travel and cost issues.
Chelsea supporters wave flags and pose for photos outside the Baku stadium
Anticipation is building all day in the capital of Azerbaijan prior to the big game
A fan dressed as Big Ben to bring London's taste to the English-English final
The local population was in force when the run-up to the showpiece of Wednesday night fell off
Kickoff in Baku is at 8:00 PM BST, local time 11 AM in Azerbaijan.
Earlier in the day it was reported that two fans had been wounded by violent confrontations.
Local reports in Baku state that two supporters were brought to the hospital overnight and treated for their injuries.
Baku-based newspaper Haqqin.az the story broke on Wednesday morning, although there has been no confirmation from one of the clubs since.
Azerbaijani Ministry of Health spokeswoman Parviz Abubekirov revealed that a British fan was admitted to the hospital with an open head wound and bruising "as a result of an argument between fans of the two football teams."
A few supporters decided to dress up for the occasion in Baku & # 39; s Olympic Stadium
A marching band dressed as the Royal Guards to help the atmosphere out of the ground
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