Chelsea and Arsenal fans make themselves heard after they are finally abducted in Baku as they prepare for their final in the Europa League final
- Fans have landed in Baku in Azerbaijan, prior to the Europa League final
- It was hard to be there for some, but now there is a festive mood
- Chelsea plays Arsenal for the Europa League trophy on Wednesday evening
Football fans have descended on Baku in Azerbaijan, because the final edges of the Europa League are getting closer.
Chelsea and Arsenal fans have made the Azerbaijani capital blue and red and a festive mood has been created, with many flags and, apparently, a lot of beer.
There have been a few controversies around the location, and it was not easy for some fans to get there, but those who made it have a great time building up.
Chelsea fans pose with their beers in front of their flag for the Europa League final
Fans of Arsenal and Chelsea have come down for the big game at Baku in Azerbaijan
Father and son duo Kevin Cobb (left) and Jake Ralph made an incredible trip to Baku
The prices of flights to Baku from London skyrocketed when Arsenal and Chelsea won their semi-final matches. Thousands of tickets have not been sold and official travel options cost nearly £ 1,000.
FINAL DICTION OF EUROPE LIGA
Date: Wednesday, May 29
Teams: Arsenal versus Chelsea
Place: Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
Start time: 20:00 BST
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Even indirect flight options cost more than £ 800, including a stop in Doha, Qatar.
Sportsmail has caught up with two Chelsea fans who planned their own nightmare journey, involving planes, trains, and cars.
In addition to the travel ghost, Arsenal & # 39; s Henrikh Mkhitaryan have not yet made the trip to Azerbaijan and will miss the competition due to fear of his safety. UEFA has warned Arsenal that protests from their fans are not tolerated.
Moreover, it appeared from UEFA's own report that Baku was not a suitable host for the Europa League final.
Despite a nightmare journey for some, the fans in Baku are now enjoying themselves
Some Chelsea fans have been around for a few days and make the most of their time
Chelsea faces Arsenal in the final of the Europa League, which takes place in Baku on Wednesday
Some fans made the trip early while others still arrive at what turned out to be an expensive trip to the other side of Europe.
However, there are now enough smiles as the fans get ready for the big game on Wednesday night.
Stalls have cropped up selling scarves and other merchandise from the team because fans want to have a good time for the Europa League final.
An Arsenal fan lifts her scarf and poses next to a replica of the Europa League trophy
If fans in Baku don't have their own merchandise, there are plenty of stalls to choose from
A lucky Arsenal fan gives the cameras a thumbs up after they arrive in Baku for the final
The opening ceremony will apparently try to make the traveling fans feel close to home
Yet there may be more of a muffled atmosphere in the stadium than expected. Last week, both Premier League clubs had plans to return a total of more than 6,000 tickets – more than half of their original allocations – with only 3,500 and 2,000 shifting respectively.
The stadium has a capacity of 69,000, and initially there were complaints about the clubs being offered such a small percentage of tickets.
The returned tickets have been returned to the general sale, but it is still to be seen how full the stadium will be for the final.
One restaurant seems to welcome both Arsenal and Chelsea supporters inside
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