Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final due to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Armenian midfielder Mkhitaryan's well-being was a concern for Arsenal due to the dispute between Armenia and final host Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been forced to miss the Europa final for safety concerns.   -  Getty Images

Arsenal's Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku amid fears over his safety.

Mkhitaryan's well-being was a concern for Arsenal due to the dispute between Armenia and final host Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The Premier League club has now decided against Mkhitaryan travelling with the rest of Unai Emery's squad for next Wednesday's game.

“We are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea,” an Arsenal statement announced on Tuesday.

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“We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our travelling party.

 

“We have written to UEFA expressing our deep concerns about this situation. Micki has been a key player in our run to the final so this is a big loss for us from a team perspective.

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“We’re also very sad that a player will miss out on a major European final in circumstances such as this, as it is something that comes along very rarely in a footballer’s career.

“Micki will continue to be part of our preparations until we depart for Baku at the weekend.”

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