Arsenal ‘hugely concerned’ that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss Europa League final over tensions

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Arsenal ‘hugely concerned’ that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss Europa League final in Baku because of tensions between host country Azerbaijan and his native Armenia

  • Arsenal are set to play Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29
  • There are fears Armenian Mkhitaryan could miss the final in Azerbaijan 
  • Mkhitaryan missed Gunners’ earlier fixture in Azerbaijan against Qarabag 

Arsenal fear Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final against Chelsea because the Armenian will not be granted a visa to travel to Baku.

Mkhitaryan has been forced to miss matches in Azerbaijan for Arsenal and his former club Borussia Dortmund owing to longstanding tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

An Arsenal spokesman said: ‘The safety and security of our players is paramount. We are seeking guarantees from UEFA that it will be safe for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to travel to Baku. 

Arsenal are 'hugely concerned' that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be forced to miss the Europa League final in Baku because of tensions between host country Azerbaijan and Armenia

Arsenal are ‘hugely concerned’ that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be forced to miss the Europa League final in Baku because of tensions between host country Azerbaijan and Armenia

‘Acceptable guarantees have not been received yet, and we hope UEFA will be able to supply these promptly.

‘We are hugely concerned that the location of the final could lead to Micki not being able to play in a European final.’

Arsenal and Chelsea fans are facing travel and ticket chaos for the final, with each club handed a measly 6,000 allocation and flights costing more than £1,000.

Mkhitaryan in action for Arsenal during their semi-final second-leg win over Valencia

Mkhitaryan in action for Arsenal during their semi-final second-leg win over Valencia

Both clubs are disgusted about their allocation at the Olympic Stadium, which holds 68,700.

It has become a logistical nightmare for fans, with no direct flights from London to Baku. 

Fans will also need visas to enter Azerbaijan, but have less than three weeks in which to apply. 

The match will be staged at the 68,700-capacity Baku Olympic Stadium at the end of May

The match will be staged at the 68,700-capacity Baku Olympic Stadium at the end of May 

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