Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to miss the Gunners’ Europa League clash with Qarabag FC of Azerbaijan on Thursday for political reasons.
The Armenian international playmaker recently returned from injury and would have been in strong contention for the Group E game in Azerbaijan.
The former Borussia Dortmund star played his first game after the injury in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Championship side Brentford in the Carabao Cup third round clash at the Emirates Stadium.
He was on the bench for the entire duration of the London Derby win over Watford on Saturday.
Late goals from Craig Cathcart (own goal) and Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners a 2-0 victory at home in the Premier League Matchday 7 clash thus making it seven successive wins in all competitions ahead of Thursday evening’s game against Qarabag.
According to a report from popular news portal ESPN, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Qarabag game due to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Mkhitaryan has impressed for the North London side since he signed for the club in a swap deal involving Chilean and Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez during the January transfer window.
He started the new season in the Arsenal XI before losing his place shortly before his recent injury problem.