Friday, 23 August, 2019

Arsenal chief Venkatesham on Mkhitaryan: I can't put my anger into words

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is concerned Arsenal boss Unai Emery is concerned his players need Thursday's friendly
Cary Erickson | 22 May, 2019, 16:30

Giroud has struggled to earn regular game time with the Blues in the Premier League this season.

The Spanish publication added that Neto has a release clause of 80million euros (£70m) which could provide Arsenal with a stumbling block, especially if they do not return to the Champions League by winning the Europa League final next week. "We are preparing for every player to be ready for the final".

"There is no reason whatsoever to put in question the seriousness of these guarantees provided by AzerbaiJanuary Over the past decade a large number of Armenian athletes have taken part in various worldwide sports events in Azerbaijan without any issues", the Affa said.

Arsenal have now confirmed he will again not travel to Azerbaijan as a result of ongoing concerns for his safety.

Mkhitarayn said on Twitter it had been a "tough decision" to pull out of the final, adding: "I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it".

Of course, official Baku sought to quell the matter with the Azerbaijani Soccer Association expressing disappointment over Mkhitaryan missing the match, calling the decision "unwarranted", and saying "Azerbaijan has provided all the necessary guarantees required by Uefa to ensure the personal safety of Mr. Mkhitaryan".

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Mkhitaryan's safety is not the only controversy to taint this year's Europa League final.

UEFA later insisted that a "comprehensive security plan" was in place for Mkhitaryan.

Mkhitaryan wouldn't have been a guaranteed starter for Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who often plays only one of his playmakers - Mesut Ozil and Mkhitaryan - each match. Over the past decade a large number of Armenian athletes have taken part in various worldwide sports events in Azerbaijan without any issues. She condemned that as another "manifestation of racism" on the part of Baku.

"It is unfair to the player and the club who have worked hard to qualify".

"There are Arsenal season tickets holders denied visas or scared to travel because they are British Armenian and will be targeted".

Azerbaijan and Armenia have feuded over Nagorny Karabakh since Armenian separatists seized the territory in a war that claimed about 30,000 lives in the early 1990s. Deadly fighting breaks out intermittently. Some neighboring districts are also under the control of those ethnic Armenian forces.