Unai Emery says Henrikh Mkhitaryan missing Europa League final is 'bad news' for Arsenal
Unai Emery says he respects Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision to miss the Europa League final in Baku but admits it is "bad news" for Arsenal.
The Armenian will miss the clash with Chelsea due to concerns over his safety because of the dispute between his country and Azerbaijan, the host nation of next week’s fixture between the two Premier League rivals.
"It’s bad news but we cannot do anything for this issue, it’s a very personal decision and we need to respect him," Emery told the club's official website Arsenal.com. "I don’t understand the political problems now, but I must respect [his decision].
"I cannot push him to come with us because I respect him. For me, it is very important if he is with us for the match to help with his quality and capacity, but this issue is not in my hands, but I respect his decision 100 per cent."
The final will be crucial for Arsenal's Champions League hopes after missing out on a top-four finish.