Arsenal have accepted Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s decision not to travel to Azerbaijan for their Europa League clash with Qarabag.
The midfielder has elected not to play in Baku on Thursday evening, amid the ongoing conflict between the country and his homeland, Armenia.
Diplomatic relations between the two-countries continue to be tricky amid the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, with tensions heightened amid renewed border clashes and the reported deaths of Nagorno-Karabakh soldiers from Azerbaijani fire in 2018, reports the Mirror.
Armenians are currently banned from entering Azerbaijan.
However, the Azeri government grants exceptions to the law – in 2015, when Borussia Dortmund were drawn to face on Gabala, the Azerbaijan authorities provided Dortmund and UEFA a guarantee that Mkhitaryan would be granted a visa; however the player remained in Germany due to BVB’s security concerns.