By 90Min
May 13, 2019

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed his hope that midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be available for the Europa League final against Chelsea in Azerbaijan.

The 30-year-old midfielder - who appeared during the Gunners' 3-1 victory over Burnley on the weekend - is a major doubt for the showpiece event, amid ongoing political tensions surrounding the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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With Armenia and Azerbaijan in conflict over the territory, Mkhitaryan's involvement in the final could prompt a political issue, but Emery is hopeful that UEFA will aid his application for a visa, allowing him to participate.


"We want to play with Mkhitaryan," Emery said, as quoted by the Express"It is a political issue but I don't know well what the solution is. 


“Today [during Arsenal's victory over Burnley] he worked very well and we are ready to do all we can do to play with him."

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Mkhitaryan, a former Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United midfielder, appeared in both of Arsenal's semi-final wins against Valencia and earned himself an assist during the 4-2 second leg victory at the Mestalla.

With a proven ability to produce an end product, Emery wants his midfielder to be involved but went on to admit that he wasn't sure if there was a potential solution.

He added: “Really, I don't know what the problem is between the two countries but we are going to do all we can to have Mkhitaryan there.

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“This issue is not sporting. It is not in my hands. "I don’t understand what the solution is.”

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