Mkhitaryan likely to miss Europa League final

Arsenal are growing increasingly worried about UEFA’s inability to resolve the security concerns for Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of the Europa League final against Chelsea.

The Gunners are considering leaving out Mkhitaryan for the final trip to Azerbaijan over security fears, the Daily Star understands. 

Mkhitaryan’s native Armenia have no diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan due to conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

There have been ongoing talks with UEFA, to help secure a visa for the midfielder to ensure he can travel in and out of the country.

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But Arsenal and the player are considering whether it would be safer for him not to travel to Azerbaijan at all as they finalise their security arrangements for May 29.

It’s believed the north London side are deeply disappointed with UEFA’s decision to select Baku as the host city for the final.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Carabao Cup: Quarter Final
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal is challenged by Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s Xhedran Shaqiri was left out of the squad that travelled to Belgrade during the group stage fixtures for similar reasons.

As 12,000 supporters from both English clubs prepare to descend on Baku, the Foreign Office has issued advice warning travellers they should take “sensible precautions”.

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