Emery, on Mkhitaryan: "It's a personal decision"

"He wants to play but he spoke with his family and the club and has decided not to come," the coach said about the absence of the Armenian player in the Baku final.


Arsenal coach Unai Emery explained at a press conference that the absence of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the final of the Europa League is "bad news" , but that it is "a personal decision" that they have to respect. The Armenian midfielder has decided, after consultation with his family and the club not to attend the final, which will be played in Bakú, Azerbaijan, a country that does not maintain relations with Armenia due to a conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. "It's bad news." "We can not do anything about these problems, it's a personal decision that we have to respect," said the Spanish coach. "I talked to him this morning, it's a very personal decision, he wants to play and help us, but he spoke with his family and with us and has decided not to come," he said.

English final

On the other hand, Emery says that the fact that the Europa League final against Chelsea and Arsenal "enriches football" . The final has been involved in the controversy because UEFA decided to deliver to each team 6,000 tickets despite the capacity of more than 60,000 spectators in the field, alluding to logistical problems at the city's airport.

"There will be an exceptional atmosphere because the Arsenal has fans all over the world, it's days to be calm, today we go back to training, we start thinking about the rival, which we know well ... Maybe it's the strongest rival we could have foreseen from the beginning. Arsenal enriches European football, "explained the Spanish coach at a press conference.

Emery, who could become the first coach to win four Europa League, said he does not believe there is a different motivation between Chelsea and Arsenal due to the fact that the 'Gunners' are playing in the next Champions League and the 'Blues' no.

"The motivation is going to to be very much above for the fact of playing for a title. I do not think there is a difference. I think the game is going to be very difficult for the two. They have had a great season. On Wednesday 29 the focus is going to be Arsenal Chelsea. It will be the focus of football, in Europe and in the world, "he reflected.

On the final, Emery stressed that winning titles is always very difficult and that much work is done in this competition." We have enjoyed it a lot this year, with Naples and Valencia. I have seen Chelsea very motivated also in this competition and they have also earned the right to be in the Champions League through the league. My idea is to transmit to the team and our fans that this competition is important ", said Emery, who in his time at Sevilla lifted three Europa League.



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