Around 20,000 FC Koln fans are allegedly trying to get hold of tickets for their Europa League clash against Arsenal despite only 2,900 being available.

According to German outlet, Sport1, 20,000 Koln fans are desperately trying to get hold of the 2,900 tickets the Bundesliga side have been allocated for their Europa League match at the Emirates on 14 September.

Koln fans are understandably excited about taking part in European football after finishing fifth in the Bundesliga last season.

The German club got promoted from 2.Bundesliga in 2013/14 and have since been working their way up the table.

Financial boss, Alex Wehrle, is trying to see the bright side – the high demand – but admits the German club did look at getting more tickets allocated. They had this request denied however.

“First of all, such a high demand is obviously positive,” said financial boss Alex Wehrle.

“On the other hand, we have already tried in Monaco to get a higher card contingent for London and Belgrade.”

He added, “We have made a lot of effort and have a great deal of technical effort to ensure that the map distribution ends up in the end.”

The standard allocation for away fans visiting the Emirates in the Premier League is around 3,000.

However, RheinEnergieStadion, Koln’s home stadium, has a capacity of just 49,698 for regular matches; seven English clubs have a far higher number of supports than this, which explains why Koln have been allocated fewer seats than your average Premiership game.

On the other hand, however, as the ticket prices are cheaper given that it’s the Europa League, you’d expect Arsenal to expand their away section as they often do with cup matches.