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Petit hits out at UEFA for Europa League Final

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The former Arsenal midfielder is angry that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not take part in the event because of the political tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Armenian footballer Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not play for Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League Final because of the political tensions between his country and the host Azerbaijan.

This has made many people angry, and now former Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Petit has hit out at UEFA for allowing this to happen.

“Arsenal is not responsible for the situation with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the Europa League final,” he was quoted by Arm Radio.

“The political circumstances involving Armenia and Azerbaijan are not their fault.

“For me, it’s about UEFA,” he said.

“They should have considered all this before – I can’t understand how they allowed a scenario where a player can’t play a football game because of political reasons.”

“When you decide to hold a European final so far away from the usual destinations then you need to anticipate problems such as Mkhitaryan’s,” he added.

“It’s a disgrace. Arsenal and Mkhitaryan are the victims, and I’m very disappointed with UEFA.”

“On top of this, it’s a nightmare for supporters trying to get to Baku,” he continued.

“I wish all the best to the fans trying to get there. It’s a European final and a huge game for both clubs, but especially for Arsenal.”

He concluded: “Chelsea are already qualified for the Champions League, but Arsenal are betting everything on one game.”

“So, I can imagine the frustration for fans having to travel so far – I have nothing against playing finals in new places and expanding the game, but UEFA need to consider supporters more.”