Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel with the squad to Baku for next Wednesday’s Europa League final with Chelsea.
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— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 21, 2019
The Armenian international is “ineligible” to visit Azerbaijan as there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Armenians are barred from entering Azerbaijan, and the midfielder’s safety can’t be guaranteed should he travel with Arsenal.
Gunners legend Ian Wright has expressed his disappointment at UEFA for the development, and here is how he reacted on Twitter.
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) May 21, 2019
Mkhitaryan has been one of Arsenal’s key players in the Europa this term, assisting thrice in 11 appearances.
Manager Unai Emery’s plans have been dealt a huge blow as a result, and he will now have to find a way to beat Chelsea without the input of the 30-year-old who scored and assisted during his side’s 3-2 loss to the Blues last August.