Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of Qarabag vs Arsenal

Qarabag vs Arsenal

Arsenal are back in Europa League action on Thursday night.

The Gunners started their Europa League adventure with a 4-2 home win over Vorskla on matchday one.

This week Arsenal have travelled to Azerbaijan to take on local powerhouse Qarabag.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan is out for the Gunners

Henrikh Mkhitaryan played 90 minutes in that match against Vorskla.

However Mkhitaryan will play no part against Qarabag.

Mkhitaryan isn’t injured, however he’s not travelled with the Gunners squad to Azerbaijan for political reasons.

Azerbaijan are in long-standing political feud with Armenia. As reported by Sky Sports, “Armenian citizens are currently banned from travelling to Azerbaijan, although special exceptions have been made in the past for professional athletes.”

Mkhitaryan is the Armenian national team captain.

He’s decided to skip the Qarabag match in order to avoid stoking tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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