Update: Why Mkhitaryan May Not Play Against Qarabag FK

The Armenia international may be unable to play for the gunners in their Europa League meeting with Azerbaijani side Qarabag FK who were drawn in Group E of the UEFA competition, because of political tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory disagreement, and the situation worsened back in 2016 when over 200 people were killed the two countries.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan cartoon
Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Image Credit: Vivaronews
This won't be the first time Mkhitaryan is caught in such a bizarre case as in 2015 when he was at Borussia Dortmund he missed a trip to country, despite the Azerbaijan embassy promising he will be granted a temporary visa on arrival.
Arsenal will be meeting Qarabag in the country's capital, Baku on 4th of November. Arsenal will be very worried as the final of the 2018/19 Europa League final will be held in the Baku, Azerbaijan, now this will be a big problem to Arsenal if the make it all the way to the final event.

Arsenal's spokesman has said that they club will access the safety and security of the whole squad before coming to a decision whether to include Mkhitaryan in the match day squad or leave him behind. “Safety and security of all our players and staff is always a top priority. We will be looking into this situation, talk to the player and make a decision after that,” they said in a statement.

Arsenal's new manager said he's yet to speak to Mkhitaryan about the whole issue but he hopes to take Mkhitaryan to Azerbaijan to play against Qarabag.
Unai Emery Said:
I would like him to stay with us if we can, If we can arrange this, I think it is better.
 Meanwhile UEFA has pledged to support visa applications made by the club on behalf of the player involved. UEFA spokes person said:
"It is a standard procedure for UEFA to send letters of support to associations, clubs or embassies in order to obtain visas for players in order to be able to travel to another country and play in UEFA matches"

Arsenal fans should keep their fingers crossed as Henrikh Mkhitaryan maybe granted visa to play in Azerbaijan since there has not been any violence recently in the troubled area of dispute between the two countries involved...
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1 comment:

  1. This is not good, politics shouldn't be mixed with Sports. I hope Mikhi plays against Qarabag.

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