Padraig Whelan

Arsenal await UEFA plan to guarantee Mkhitaryan’s safety for final

UEFA are soon expected to issue a response to Arsenal in regards to their security requirements for Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of the Europa League final.

The Londoners, who will face Chelsea in that game in Baku later this month, have requested additional measures in order to guarantee the safety of the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder.

That is owing to the fact that there are no diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Mkhitaryan’s native Armenia due to a regional conflict.

The London Evening Standard report that Arsenal expect a response from UEFA this week in relation to the 30-year-old and whether the club can be assured of his safety.

When the Gunners travelled to Azerbaijan in the same competition earlier this season for their clash with Qarabag, Mkhitaryan was left behind due to security concerns.

“Acceptable guarantees haven’t been received yet and we hope UEFA will supply those promptly,” an Arsenal statement last week read.

“We are hugely concerned that the location of the final could lead to Mkhi not being able to play in a European final.”

Delegates from both Arsenal and Chelsea visited the Olympic Stadium which will host the game on Wednesday to discuss organisation and administration around the game.