Arsenal player Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the Arsenal squad for the Auropa League final in Baku Azerbaijan due to concerns to his safety, BBC Sports undertands.
”It’s bad news but we cannot do anything for this issue, it’s a very personal decision and we need to respect him,” Arsenal Football Club Manager, Emery, said. “I don’t understand the political problems now, but I must respect [his decision].
“I spoke this morning with Mkhitaryan and it’s a personal decision. I respect him. He wants to play to help us by being with the team but they spoke, both him and his family, and decided not to go.
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Armenian and Azerbiajan do not have Diplomatoc relations and have long standing border dispute.
Azerbiajan says the player will not have to worry about his safety as it is guaranteed by the highest authoriy in the country.
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