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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Gunners confirm Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss Europa League final in Baku

The Independent logo The Independent 22-05-2019
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on April 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images) © Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on April 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Arsenal have confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final vs Chelsea due to diplomatic tensions between his native Armenia and Azerbaijan, who host the game in Baku.

A statement from Arsenal said: "We are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our Uefa Europa League final against Chelsea.

"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."

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