Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be involved in the Europa League final after Arsenal confirmed he would not travel with the squad.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery said that he respects midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision not travel to Azerbaijan for the UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea.
“It’s bad news, but we can’t do anything for these issues. It’s very personal and we need to respect him,” Emery said on Tuesday
The Armenia international’s safety was a concern due to the dispute between his country and host nation Azerbaijan.
There have been no diplomatic relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the conflict in the Nagorono-Karabkh region.
Emery’s sentiment was echoed by players Alex Iwobi and Stephan Lichtsteiner with both eager to win the club’s first Europa League title for their absent team-mate.
The long-serving captain announced on Sunday he was leaving City after 11 successful years to take up the role of player-manager at Anderlecht.
Consequently the 33-year-old was the star of the show as City celebrated this season’s historic treble with an open-top bus parade through Manchester city centre on Monday.
Speaking as the parade culminated with a stage show outside Manchester Cathedral, the Belgian said: “I’ve given everything I could for this club. I can’t tell you how proud of that I am. I have nothing left. I have given everything.”
Kompany’s future had been the subject of speculation for some time but he realised the time was right to leave when he scored a spectacular winner against Leicester earlier this month.
Kompany’s long-range strike, in their penultimate game of the season, took City within one game of retaining their Premier League title.
He said: “The moment that ball against Leicester went ‘top bins’ I knew I was done! I couldn’t do anything better. It felt right.”
The Belgian now expects the club to go on to even greater success in the future.
Kompany, who ended his speech with a ‘mic drop’, said: “Eleven years at this club, what a journey we’ve been on. We were always a great club without silverware but now we’ve got silverware and I’m really proud.
“This group of players – we’ve given you something you deserved for a long time. Now this team is ready to achieve so much more.”
Kompany won 10 major trophies during his time with City, culminating with Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Watford.
Manager Pep Guardiola paid tribute to his captain and tipped him to return to City in some capacity in the future.
He said: “I think we’re going to miss him a lot. I’m going to miss him but he is going to see us in the future because he is coming back sooner or later.
“It’s the best way to say goodbye after an incredible season together. He was a real captain, he helped us a lot. We’re going to show him how we love him.”
Guardiola, who was wearing a flat cap in tribute to the late Bernard Halford, the club’s life president who died recently, said he had thought “zero” about next season.
He said: “Now it’s time to have good food, good wine and enjoy this incredible season together. In a few weeks we are going to think about it. Now we are going to enjoy what we have done.”
Organisers of the event estimated the crowd to be around 100,000. Banners branded City as ‘The Fourmidables’, reflecting their treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup along with the Community Shield.
It was the first time any side had completed a clean sweep of all the domestic trophies. City were also joined by their victorious women’s side, who won an FA Cup and League Cup double.
Manchester City celebrated their historic treble with a trophy parade through the city on Monday.
Pep Guardiola’s side became the first team in England to win the league and both domestic cups following their 6-0 win over Watford in the English FA Cup final on Saturday.
City had already won Premier League together with the Carabao Cup that they clinched in February.
Captain Vincent Kompany announced his departure from the club in the aftermath of their FA Cup success bringing to an end his 11-year stay in Manchester.
Kompany waved to fans that lined the streets of Manchester in his final appearance before he leaves to rejoin his boyhood club Anderlecht in his new role as player-manager.
“Vincent (Kompany) we are going to miss him a lot,” admitted Guardiola.” I am going to miss him. I think it’s an incredible way to (send him off). We are going to see him in the future because he is coming back sooner or later.”
Watch what Guardiola and Kompany had to say in the video above.