Henrikh Mkhitaryan forced to miss Europa League final: Should Arsenal boycott?

Arsenal to leave Mkhitaryan at home for Europa League final

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 'hurt' to miss Europa League final after Arsenal confirm he will not travel due to safety concerns

Arsenal fans have jokingly attempted to force Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante out of the Europa League final, following Henrikh Mkhitaryan's decision to not travel to Baku.

Political tensions between Azerbaijan and the midfielder's native Armenia will see Mkhitaryan left out by head coach Unai Emery.

Nicol discusses the role he would have played for Arsenal, slams UEFA for not caring about players' safety and fans' access to the game, and responds to suggestions Arsenal should boycott the final and attempt to convince their opponents, Chelsea, to do the same. Global efforts to settle the conflict have stalled.

"We have the opportunity to win a trophy and to win a place in the Champions League next year, so we must enjoy this moment".

"It's bad news but we can not do anything for this issue, it's a very personal decision and we need to respect him", Emery said to the club's official website.

For its part, the Azerbaijan Football Association has said it regrets Mkhitaryan's "unwarranted" decision to stay away and reiterated its commitment to UEFA that all visitors for the game will be welcome.

When asked, Sanllehi conceded that an "error" had been made allowing Ramsey's contract to run down and that is a situation Arsenal "cannot" let happen in the future with players they wish to keep and 'if we can not get a renewal before that we may have to sell'.

There are relatively few flights to Baku from Western Europe, though more are being operated for the final, and prices are far above usual levels.

An official club statement revealed Arsenal have written to Uefa to express "deep concerns about this situation". I came from the Basque country, where we had a big political problem there, finishing five or six years ago. "I think he will be able to play the final".

"I hope the stadium will be full with a lot of supporters - maybe football supporters, maybe from Arsenal and Chelsea, but I want to play this with a big atmosphere and big emotion".

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Asked whether the match should have been moved from Baku, Emery added: "This is only for UEFA".

Arsenal's then-chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, was on the UEFA executive committee when Baku was chosen as Europa League host in September 2017. Join the Pain In The Arsenal team!

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