Arsenal confirm Mkhitaryan will miss Europa League final due to security concerns

Arsenal fans ‘heartbroken’ by Europa League final problems says managing director

Arsenal fans ‘heartbroken’ by Europa League final problems says managing director

Mkhitarayn said on Twitter it had been a "tough decision" to pull out of the final, adding: "I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it".

Mkhitaryan's Arsenal team-mate Laurent Koscielny said: 'I am not very happy because we need to leave one player here, because he can't play in the final.

Due to a dispute between the two country's, Arsenal said on Tuesday they had taken the decision to leave the Armenia global out of their travelling party for the May 29 final when the Gunners take on Premier League rivals Chelsea in Baku.

"We're also very sad that a player will miss out on a major European final in circumstances such as this, as it is something that comes along very rarely in a footballer's career", Arsenal explained in the statement.

"It's a very, very personal decision", he added.

A statement from UEFA insisted they had "sought and received assurances" over his safety and as a result developed a "comprehensive security plan". Armenians are one of the most vulnerable groups in Azerbaijan.

"What I can guarantee is that the Azerbaijan government will do everything what needs to be done and provide safety and security for every fan, player and staff member coming to this game".

This season has seen Kante play slightly further forward under Sarri, with him providing four goals and four assists in 36 Premier League games, while playing a further 16 games in the Europa League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

Azerbaijan's Ambassador to the United Kingdom also chimed in about the issue by trying to shift the blame on Arsenal and Mkhitaryan, telling Sky Sports on Monday that there was no cause for concern.

While Azerbaijan's ambassador to the UK, Tahir Taghizadeh, had personally guaranteed the 30-year-old's safety, Arsenal have announced that they have taken the hard decision to leave their playmaker behind for the game against Chelsea on May 29th.

In its coverage of the news, the London-based The Independent flat out said that Baku should not have been chosen as the venue for the match. Yet the UEFA chose Baku as the location for the final anyway.

UEFA has since separated the countries in its competition draws ensuring that their national and club teams do not play each other.

"There are Arsenal season tickets holders denied visas or scared to travel because they are British Armenian and will be targeted".

Azerbaijan and Armenia have feuded over Nagorny Karabakh since Armenian separatists seized the territory in a war that claimed about 30,000 lives in the early 1990s.