Arsenal could be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan when his side plays Qarabag in their away match in the Europa League.
According to Vivaronews, Mkhitaryan will not able to travel with the Gunners when they take on Qarabag in the group stage later this year. This is because Armenian nationals have been banned from entering Azerbaijan in recent years after a conflict between the two nations.
The Gunners found out how they will be spending their Thursday nights for the foreseeable future, being drawn against the Azerbaijani side, Sporting Lisbon and FC Vorksla in the group stage of the competition.
Mkhitaryan was left out of Borussia Dortmund’s matchday squad against Azerbaijan side Gabala back in 2015 after the German club were worried over safety concerns.
The two neighbouring countries have no diplomatic relations after years of fighting. Armenia and Azerbaijan endured mass conflict between 1998 and 1994.
But in 2016, it is estimated by the US State Department that a total of 350 people, military and civilian, died ‘during the ‘Four-Day War’ when the ceasefire was broken.