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Why Henrikh Mkhitaryan Can’t Currently Play For Arsenal in the Europa League Final

Why Henrikh Mkhitaryan Can’t Currently Play For Arsenal in the Europa League Final

Henrikh Mkhitaryan can’t currently play for Arsenal against Chelsea in the Europa League Final.

The Gunners attacker played the final 30 minutes of last night’s semi-final second leg against Valencia in Spain.

And he contributed to a 4-2 win, laying on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his hat-trick goal.

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Mkhitaryan has been in and out of Unai Emery’s team this season, but would definitely be in the squad for the final against Chelsea – were he allowed.

It turns out the former Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund man can’t currently be involved in the game due to political tension between his country Armenia and Azerbaijan, who are hosting the final in Baku.

Why? It’s explained per bbc.co.uk:

“There are no diplomatic relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan because of a longstanding conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.”

Mkhitaryan missed Arsenal’s game against Qarabag in Azerbaijan earlier this season and previously missed a game in the country with Borussia Dortmund.

And now he looks likely to miss the biggest game of Arsenal’s season on May 29th unless there can be a resolution to the situation.

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