10:03  +04,  May 22, 2019

Arsenal captain: Mkhitaryan is important player for us

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has commented on Armenia national football squad captain and Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision on not joining them in their UEFA Europa League final in Baku, The Telegraph reported

“I am not very happy,” the France defender said, The Telegraph reported. “First because we need to leave one player here, because he can’t play in the final.

“I think Uefa needs to know about the different problems they can have with the politics in the country. When one country has a problem with another they should not give the final to that country.

“For us it is difficult because we want to have Micki [Mkhitaryan] with us. He is an important player for us.”

As reported earlier, Arsenal will lock horns with Chelsea in their Europa League final which is slated for May 29, in the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku.

UEFA and Azerbaijani authorities had given Arsenal and Mkhitaryan security guarantees, but the London club on Tuesday announced that after discussions with the Armenian midfielder and his family, they have decided not to take the footballer with them to Baku.

In the past, Mkhitaryan has missed two away European cup matches with Azerbaijani clubs.

 

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