Arsenal face prospect of having to leave Mkhitaryan at home for Baku final

• Anger within club that safety fears costing player trip
• Gunners release statement about ‘extreme’ travel issues

Arsenal are preparing for the prospect of leaving their Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan at home for the Europa League final in Baku on 29 May. There is significant anger within the camp that one of their players feels effectively forced to miss such a major match over safety issues.

Assurances over Mkhitaryan’s security were sought with Uefa last week, because of the ongoing political tensions between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Armenia, and talks are ongoing. Arsenal’s decision on this will be confirmed by early next week at the latest, but they are not optimistic about a positive resolution.

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