Arsenal 'bitterly disappointed' over Europa League final venue choice

Arsenal have admitted they are 'bitterly disappointed' by the mounting challenges their fans are facing in reaching the Europa League
The Gunners
are set to play Premier League
rivals Chelsea in the competition's showpiece on May 29.
However, the final venue in Baku, Azerbaijan is proving problematic for supporters with travel arrangements proving difficult to sort.
Only seven miles separates the London teams' stadiums, but their fans must embark on a 2,500-mile trip to attend the game.
There are only three scheduled flights per week between London and Baku, but all seats are sold out in the days before and after the match - other non-direct flights can take over 10 hours.
Driving the distance would take upwards of 50 hours behind the wheel, while a train journey could last as long as four days.
They have also been given an abysmal allocation of just 6,000 tickets, despite the stadium being capable of holding over 60,000 fans.
A statement from the club read: 'Everyone at Arsenal is delighted to have reached the UEFA Europa League final and we are all very much looking forward to the match against Chelsea.
'However, we are bitterly disappointed by the fact that due to transport limitations UEFA can only make a maximum of 6,000 tickets available to Arsenal for a stadium with a capacity of well over 60,000. Time will tell if it is even possible for 6,000 Arsenal fans to attend the match, given how extreme the travel challenges are.
'We have 45,000 season-ticket holders and for so many fans to miss out due to UEFA selecting a final venue with such limited transport provision is quite simply not right. The reality is that whoever reached the final would not be able to meet demand from their supporters.
'We have received many complaints from our fans about this and we fully share their concerns. On behalf of our fans, we would like to understand the criteria by which venues are selected for finals, and also how supporter requirements are taken into account as part of this. 
'Moving forward we would urge UEFA to ensure that supporter logistics and requirements are a key part of any future decisions for final venues as what has happened this season is unacceptable, and cannot be repeated. We would be happy to join any future discussions to avoid this situation happening again.'
Arsenal are also liaising with the Foreign Office after it emerged season-ticket holders with dual British and Armenian citizenship have been denied visas to travel to Baku.
Hostility remains between neighbouring countries Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region, where a ceasefire was declared in 1994 after fighting erupted several years earlier.
Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, captain of the Armenia national team, missed the Europa League group game against Qarabag in Baku earlier this season because of the issue.
The club are now working with UEFA in the hope safety measures can be put in place to allow the 30-year-old to travel for the final as part of Unai Emery's squad.
Now some supporters face the same issue, with several British-Armenian season-ticket holders not being granted entry into Azerbaijan. 
It is understood Arsenal are now in talks with the Foreign Office in an attempt to ease the situation.  

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