Europa League final: Chelsea to battle Arsenal in front of empty Baku stadium

Europa League final: Chelsea to battle Arsenal in front of empty Baku stadium

Europa League final clash between Chelsea and Arsenal is set to be played in front of a nearly empty stadium next week.

Both Premier League giants were said to have failed to sell out the tickets allocated to them by UEFA for the final battle in Azerbaijan.

SunSport further report that sponsors might equally have withdrawn their interests in attending the match which will determining the champions of European second tier competition.

Report from the organisers reveal that the finalists have sold 3,500 and 2,000 respectively, while The Times cited difficulties travelling to Baku as major problem fans are planning to boycott the match.

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Meanwhile, about 23,000 tickets were said to have been sold in Azerbaijan while the remaining are expected to go on general sales in the coming days.

In ability to secure visas to the host country remains one of the major problems some encountered while planning to make the trip.

While the 11 pm local time kickoff for the final match remains another stumbling block for ticket sales.

Arsenal were reported to have complained to UEFA over the 6,000 ticket allocation for the 69,870 capacity Baku Olympic Stadium.

But recent development has forced the Gunners to start phoning fans in a desperate bid to flog their remaining Europa League final seats.

The north Londoners have been calling and emailing their season-ticket holders and members to try to fill up the remaining 2,500 seats.

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Unai Emery's troubles doubled after confirmation Armenian play-maker Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be in the side for the final.

The 30-year-old cited security reasons for not travelling with the squad to Baku and Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and managing director Vinai Venkatesham have slammed UEFA for hosting the final in Baku. earlier reported that Chelsea battle Arsenal in the 2018-19 Europa League finals as both London clubs will be aiming for glory after a not too good season in the domestic scene.

The Blues have already booked Champions League football next season after finishing third in the Premier League.

While the Gunners on the other hand, need to win the Europa League to have a chance to play in the elite competition for the first time in three years, after finishing fifth in the Premier League. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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