According to ESPN’s Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not make the trip to face Qarabag FK in the Europa League on Thursday night.
His participation was always in doubt due to the political tensions between the midfielder’s home nation of Armenia and neighbours Azerbaijan – more on that here.
I'm told Henrikh Mkhitaryan won't be making the trip to Azerbaijan for Thursday's game. Player's own decision based on the security situation amid the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. Could be an issue for the final in Baku as well if Arsenal make it that far.
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) October 1, 2018
The 29 year old, who was on the bench for the 2-0 win over Watford at the weekend, would more than likely have started the game in normal circumstances, but will now remain in London and will be in contention for the Fulham game at the weekend.
Juggling his squad for this game, along with a five and half hour flight each way and a noon kick off on Sunday will provide Unai Emery with a real challenge as he looks to continue his team’s winning run.
Having lost the opening two games of the season, it’s now seven wins from seven in all competitions, and that’s a record he’ll be keen to protect.