UEFA claims to have received assurances regarding Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s safety from “the highest authorities” in Azerbaijan ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea in the Europa League final.
European football’s governing body did all they could to prevent the Gunners playmaker from being forced to miss a showpiece event.
The decision has, however, been taken for him not to make a trip to Baku on May 29.
Arsenal have, after discussions with the player, opted to exclude the Armenia international from their travelling party.
That call has been made as a result of political tension between Mkhitaryan’s homeland and Azerbaijan, which has sparked concerns over his wellbeing.
UEFA insist that they had sought to clarify the matter prior to Arsenal making the long journey to Eurasia, but can understand why the Premier League outfit have ignored their advice.