Arsenal have been phoning fans in an attempt to sell remaining Europa League final tickets


The Europa League final is just six days away and preparation has been far from ideal. 

This year it's Arsenal and Chelsea battling it out in an all-English tie. 

However, the fixture is being played in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, making it a 5,600-mile round trip for fans travelling from London. 

Of course, the venue for the final was decided months ago, so there's nothing UEFA can do about that now - although many have been questioning why they chose Baku in the first place.

But that will be of no consolation to supporters who are facing very long trips, costing thousands of pounds.  

So, it's hardly a surprise that there have been multiple reports suggesting that many are choosing to give the final a miss.  

Both clubs were given an allocation of 6,000 tickets each - which for a stadium that holds a capacity over 69,000, was laughable in the first place. 

But it's a good job the number of seats they were offered is so low because both are struggling to sell their allocation. 

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Things have become so desperate, that Arsenal have been phoning fans in an attempt to flog their remaining tickets. 

According to The Sun, the Gunners have shifted 3,500 tickets, just over half their allocation - and it's reported that Chelsea have sold a similar number. 

But Arsenal have stepped up their efforts to convince fans to travel, by cold-calling and emailing season-ticket holders to offer the last 2,500 seats. 

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"I thought it was a joke. The fact they cannot get rid of such a small allocation shows what a farce this final is," one season ticket holder said, responding to the club's calls.

"I don’t blame Arsenal, the fault lies with Uefa. They should have checked fans from western Europe would be able to get to Baku before deciding to stage the game there."

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have no problem selling out their own stadiums every week, but it looks like they will be short of fans for the Europa League final. 

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