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Arsenal ready to leave Mkhitaryan at home when they travel to Baku for Europa League final

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Arsenal ready to leave Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan at home when they travel to Azerbaijan for Europa League final against Chelsea

  • Arsenal resigned to Mkhitaryan being unable to play in the Europa League final 
  • The Armenian has missed trips to Azerbaijan in the past due to political tensions
  • Assurances over the security of the midfielder were sought with UEFA last week

Arsenal are resigned to Henrikh Mkhitaryan being unable to play in the Europa League final.

The Gunners continued their preparations on Thursday for the clash with London rivals Chelsea in Azerbaijan on May 29.

But they face the prospect of leaving the Armenian midfielder at home when they travel to Baku for the final, according to the Guardian.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan all smiles in training but he faces the disappointment of missing final

Henrikh Mkhitaryan all smiles in training but he faces the disappointment of missing final

Arsenal are resigned to Henrikh Mkhitaryan being unable to play in the Europa League final

Arsenal are resigned to Henrikh Mkhitaryan being unable to play in the Europa League final

Arsenal are resigned to Henrikh Mkhitaryan being unable to play in the Europa League final 

Mkhitaryan would be required to apply to the Azerbaijani government for a permit to make the trip to Baku.

The two countries have had no diplomatic relations since the Nagorno-Karabakh War, which ended in 1994.

Assurances over Mkhitaryan’s security were sought with UEFA last week, because of the ongoing political tensions.

Eddie Nketaih, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi were in high spirits during training

Eddie Nketaih, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi were in high spirits during training

Eddie Nketaih, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi were in high spirits during training

Arsenal boss Unai Emery talks to midfielder Matteo Guendouzi during training on Thursday

Arsenal boss Unai Emery talks to midfielder Matteo Guendouzi during training on Thursday

Arsenal boss Unai Emery talks to midfielder Matteo Guendouzi during training on Thursday

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has a shot on goal during training at London Colney

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has a shot on goal during training at London Colney

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has a shot on goal during training at London Colney

Arsenal are expected to make a decision early next week, but they are not optimistic about the 30-year-old being able to make the trip. 

The midfielder missed the trip to face Qarabag in Baku earlier this season because of fears for his safety amid ongoing political tension between his native Armenia and host nation Azerbaijan.

In 2015, Mkhitaryan did not travel to Azerbaijan to face Gabala while with Borussia Dortmund despite being told by UEFA that he would get a visa.

There would be considerable safety risks if Mkhitaryan were to go to Baku given his standing as one of the Armenia’s most high-profile figures and the historical bad blood between the two nations. 

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was fully focused during the training session

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was fully focused during the training session

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was fully focused during the training session

Goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to play his last game in the Europa League final before retirement

Goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to play his last game in the Europa League final before retirement

Goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to play his last game in the Europa League final before retirement

 

 

 



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One transfer battle that Arsenal fans should hope Tottenham win

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Arsenal transfer gossip is ramping up and here at Just Arsenal we do not cover all it for a variety of reasons, the main one being that most of the gossip is simply rubbish but we do like to bring you the weird, wonderful and credible when appropriate and occasionally those that we hope does not happen and that is certainly the case with AC Milan playmaker, Suso.

According to the media we are are in competition with Tottenham for the services of the former Liverpool flop and I have to be frank and ask why?

Suso has had a good season for AC Milan but in all fairness, it was his first good season in a long time and while seven goals and 10 assists is not that bad a return from 34 games, it is hardly earth-shattering either.

My problem with Suso is that I have always found him to be average, not rubbish but not a game changer either and we already have too many players like that, we need a player that can make a significant difference and from what I have seen of Suso, he is not that player.

Then there is his release clause, reported to be £33 Million.

Do we really want to spend that amount of money on a player that has already failed miserably in English football?

Yes, he was young, only 17 when he joined the Reds and so some allowance must be made for that but ask yourself this, if he is that good and worth £33 Million, then why has he only ever made four appearances for the Spain national squad?

Like I say, he is not rubbish, he does a job and would be a decent squad player but not for the amount of money he would cost and we don’t want squad players, we want match winners, game changers, leaders and so on and the 25-year-old just does not fit that profile for me.

If Tottenham wants Suso, let them spend the money on him, Arsenal can do better and sign a player that is proven in the Premier League, a Ryan Fraser as an example.

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