Arsenal confirm Henrikh Mkhitaryan won’t play in Europa League final against Chelsea

first_img Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Comment Read More Mkhitaryan came on as a substitute for Arsenal during their semi-final win over Valencia (Picture: Getty)A club statement read: ‘We are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our Uefa Europa League final against Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Arsenal confirm Henrikh Mkhitaryan won’t play in Europa League final against Chelsea SPONSORED Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 May 2019 11:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link333Shares Read More Video Settings / ‘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.‘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.’Shortly after Arsenal’s statement had been released, Mkhitaryan took to Instagram to confirm his unavailability, saying: ‘Having considered all the current options, we had to take the tough decision for me not to travel with the squad to the Europa League Final.‘It‘s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often for us players and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it. I will be cheering my teammates on! Let‘s bring it home.’Earlier this month, Arsenal launched a stinging criticism of UEFA over their handling of the issue, saying that they had been unable to obtain ‘acceptable guarantees’ from the organisation over security and safety concerns regarding Mkhitaryan.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn Monday afternoon, prior to Arsenal’s statement being released, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the UK, Tahir Taghizadeh sought to give assurances that Mkhitaryan would be safe to travel to the country.He said: ‘My message to Mkhitaryan would be: you’re a footballer, you want to play football? Go to Baku, you are safe there. If you want to play the issue then that’s a different story.’Mkhitaryan has been a prominent player during Arsenal’s run to the final featuring in 11 of their 14 matches and providing three assists in total.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Read More Top articles About Connatix V67539 Read More 1/1 Full Screen PLAY Skip 1 min. story by Metro Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next Read More Skip Ad Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be not involved in the Europa League final (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be part of their Europa League final squad against Chelsea due to concerns over his safety as a result of political tensions between his native Armenia and Azerbaijan.The final will be held in Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku on May 29, but as a result of ongoing hostility between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, it has been decided that Mkhitaryan will not take part.The 30-year-old playmaker was absent for Arsenal’s game against Azerbaijani side Qarabag earlier in the season, while he was also left out of former club Borussia Dortmund’s travelling party for a Europa League game against Gabala in 2015 due to similar concerns. Advertisementlast_img

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