Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan during a training session at London Colney, England, Tuesday May 21, 2019, ahead of the Europa League Final against Chelsea on Wednesday May 29. (Tim Goode/PA via AP)
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Arsenal manager Unai Emery said Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan's decision to miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku was a "personal" one amid fears over his safety. Mkhitaryan's well-being was a concern for Arsenal due to the tense political dispute between Armenia and final hosts Azerbaijan, mainly because of the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Premier League club have decided against Mkhitaryan travelling with the rest of Emery's squad for the game on May 29 .Arsenal said all options had been explored to guarantee the midfielder's safety.Mkhitaryan had earlier tweeted: "Having considered all the current options, we had to take the tough decision for me not to travel with the squad to the UEL Final against Chelsea.
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