Arsenal's manager Unai Emery insists he respects Henrikh Mkhitaryan's decision to miss Arsenal's Europe League final against Chelsea in Baku next week. It has been reported that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel with the rest of his Arsenal teammates to Azerbaijan as the Armenian is concerned about his safety.
UEFA has subsequently hit back at Arsenal's decision to leave Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of their Europa League final squad, claiming that the Gunners received assurances regarding the midfielder's safety. But Unai Emery admits he understands Henrikh Mkhitaryan's decision. On an interview, Unai Emery said that it's bad news for them but they cannot do anything for these issues. But he insists that he understands that it's a very personal decision and because of that they need to respect him. The Spain manager tells Malaysia online casino that they have to understand the political problems.
The former Paris Saint Germain manager said that he already spoke to Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He said that he also came from a country with a big political problem and he fully understands Henrikh Mkhitaryan decision for not defending his club on their final Europa League match.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Has Played A Prominent Role In Arsenal's Run
As we mentioned before, EUFA has hit back at Arsenal over their decision to leave Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of their Europa League final squad, claiming the north London club received assurances regarding the Armenian's safety form the highest authorities in Azerbaijan.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has played a prominent role in Arsenal's run to the final against Chelsea, which is scheduled to take place in Baku next Wednesday, but the 30-year-old will take no part amid safety fears following discussions with his club. However, UEFA insisted they helped devise a comprehensive plan but respect Arsenal's reluctant decision to leave out one of their highest-earning players.
Previously, Arsenal releases a statement on their official website and explained that they are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be traveling with the squad for their UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea. They also said that they have thoroughly explored all the options for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be part of the squad but after discussing this with the player and his family, they have collectively agreed he will not be in their traveling party for the final match.