Arsenal say they are “hugely concerned” that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could potentially miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku because of tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The Armenia captain skipped the Gunners’ earlier fixture in the competition against Qarabag because of a dispute over the Nagorny Karabakh region, an issue that has Arsenal worried again after they saw off Valencia 7-3 on aggregate on Thursday and qualified for the final, which is being hosted in the Azerbaijani capital on May 29.
“We are seeking guarantees from UEFA that it will be safe for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to travel to Baku for the Europa League final, which both Arsenal and Micki require for him to be included within our squad,” Arsenal said in a statement.
“Acceptable guarantees have not been received yet, and we hope that UEFA will be able to supply these promptly.
“We are of course hugely concerned that the location of the final could lead to Micki not being able to play in a European final.”