The Arsenal manager doesn’t like the “political issues” might prevent him to use one of his players, while he hates to play this match so far away from home.
After qualifying to the UEFA Europa League Final, Arsenal manager Unai Emery talked to the press to present them with two problems he has with the competition.
The first one if the “political issues” between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which might prevent Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from playing because of the tension between the two countries.
And then, the coach doesn’t like to see two English Premier League sides playing so far away from home.
“It’s political issues and I don’t know what the solution is,” Emery said according to Goal.
“We want to play with every player, he worked very well [against Burnley], and we’ll do all we can to play with every player and with him but I don’t know the possibility [of playing] with him and the political issues.”
“I don’t know what the problem is between two countries but we’ll do all we can to be with Mkhitaryan there,” he added.
“It’s not only a sporting issue. It’s not in my hands, I don’t understand what the solution is.”
“I don’t know exactly how the decision is made to play in one place or another place,” he said about selecting Baku as the Europa League Final host city.
“I played against Barcelona in the [2015 UEFA] Super Cup in Tbilisi and it’s the same. The problem is for the supporters, I prefer to play closer to England because we are two English teams and can move a lot of supporters to be with us.