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Emery respects Mkhitaryan's decision to skip Europa League final
2019-05-21 21:21:56

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery’s has said Henrikh Mkhitaryan missing the Europa League final is bad news.

"It’s bad news but we cannot do anything for this issue, it’s a very personal decision and we need to respect him," Emery told media representatives. 

. "I don’t understand the political problems now, but I must respect [his decision]," he added. 

"I spoke this morning with Mkhitaryan and it’s a personal decision. I respect him. He wants to play to help us by being with the team but they spoke, both him and his family, and decided not to go," the heand coach said. 

"I come from the Basque Country and we had a big political problem that finished five or six years ago, and I can understand it is a very personal decision for his family and also thinking in their country," he added. 

"I cannot push him to come with us because I respect him. For me, it is very important if he is with us for the match to help with his quality and capacity, but this issue is not in my hands, but I respect his decision 100 per cent," Emery stated.

He also voiced regrest that not all fans will be able to travel to Baku, as only 6,000 tickets have been allocated for the Europa League final.

"I know Arsenal has a lot of fans around the world and I think in Baku there will be a lot of supporters from other countries closer to Baku and the stadium will be full with 70,000 people and supporters. But really our supporters in London, who are with us at Emirates Stadium and also in the Premier League, I prefer for them to be with us too in this final," the Arsenal boss said. 

Arsenal confirmed today that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for Arsenal's UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea