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Arsenal fans share Baku horror stories before Europa League final vs Chelsea

Arsenal vs Chelsea in Baku

Groups of Arsenal and Chelsea fans, along with a batch of English reporters, have arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Tuesday.

On Wednesday night, the Gunners will face the Blues in the Europa League final.

UEFA’s decision to hold the final in Baku has come under a lot of criticism recently.

Perhaps the biggest controversy surrounds Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Mkhitaryan has decided to stay in London, arguably missing the biggest match of his career, due to safety concerns.

Armenia have long-standing political tensions with Azerbaijan.

Arsenal fans share Baku horror stories

Another complaint about Baku is that it’s simply not suitable to host such a major event.

There have been claims that the airport has capacity problems, while travelling to Azerbaijan from Britain is a major pain in the neck.

And then there’s the price. Azerbaijanis are cashing in on the Europa League final, and travellers are being asked to pay ridiculous amounts of money for basics like lodging.

Now the horror stories have started to leak out on social media.

One story which keeps coming up are claims that locals, including hotels, are trying to backtrack on agreements in order to hike up fees.

That’s left fans being relocated around the city, while some haven’t even been that lucky.

Journalists get shifted about in Baku

Arsenal fan gets conned

In a slightly different situation, another Arsenal fan revealed how he’d been conned by an online listing.

Taxis in Baku

Another theme which is cropping up on social media are stories about taxis in Baku.

One piece of advice: Arsenal and Chelsea fans should haggle with taxi drivers, who seem happy to try to rip them off.

And finally…

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