Arsene Wenger’s thoughts was left boggled by the circumstances which have led to Henrikh Mkhitaryan being unable to play for Arsenal of their Europa League remaining in opposition to Chelsea.
Mkhitaryan, the Armenia captain, won’t journey to Baku as a consequence of fears over his safety in Azerbaijan.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have a political battle courting again to the autumn of the Soviet Empire in 2017, and regardless of UEFA’s assurances, the participant determined to not take the danger.
And former Gunners boss Wenger, who introduced Mkhitaryan to Arsenal, struggles to know how such a difficulty may happen in 2019.
When requested by talkSPORT how the state of affairs makes him really feel, he replied: “Very uncomfortable.
“You wouldn’t suppose in 2019 a membership will miss a participant for political cause in Europe, you understand?
“It’s completely different to know.”
UEFA’s decision to host the final in Baku has been heavily scrutinised following the Mkhitaryan saga.
Fans are also refusing to make the trip due to expensive and gruelling logistics.
Neither Chelsea nor Arsenal will sell anywhere near their 6,000 allocation in the 67,000-seater stadium – and Wenger will not be attending either.
“How will I watch it? On television,” he added.
“I can’t be in Baku as a result of I’ve commitments that I accepted and I should respect that.
“So I’ll watch it on tv and I might be in Madrid for the large remaining.”
Nonetheless, Wenger stays a die-hard Arsenal fan.
It’s a yr since he referred to as time on his 22-year reign in north London – and his subsequent transfer nonetheless stays unclear.
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He guarantees us we’ll see him return to soccer quickly, however hints that it won’t be in a managerial function.
“I’m a competitor first, I stay for competitors and I might be again in soccer quickly,” Wenger added.
“That’s a promise.
“In what method, I don’t know, however I might be again.”