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Sunday 25 August 2019

Emery wants Hen' in final

Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Pic: Reuters
Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Pic: Reuters

Unai Emery said Arsenal will do everything possible to allow Henrikh Mkhitaryan to play a part in the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku later this month.

The playmaker missed an earlier match in the Azerbaijani capital in the competition this season because of fears for his safety amid ongoing political tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia, whose national team he captains.

Speaking after Arsenal ended the Premier League season with a 3-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor, Emery said: "I don't know really how is the solution but we want to play with every player, with Mkhitaryan.

"Today he worked very well and we are going to do all possible to play with him."

Emery was speaking for the first time since it was revealed Arsenal and Chelsea supporters will only be given 6,000 tickets each for the match at the 68,000-capacity stadium.

Comparing the situation to his experiences with Sevilla, Emery said: "I played one final with Barcelona in the Super Cup in Georgia three years ago and it was the same, two teams from Spain travelling to Tbilisi. And the problem was for the supporters. "I prefer to play closer to England. Three years ago we played in Switzerland against Liverpool and the stadium was full with our supporters and Liverpool supporters and it was amazing."

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