Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan To Miss Europa League Final 

Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan attends a training session at Arsenal’s London Colney training centre in St. Albans on May 21, 2019 ahead of their Europa League final football match against Chelsea on May 29. PHOTO: OLLY GREENWOOD / AFP

 

Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku amid fears over his safety.

Mkhitaryan’s well-being was a concern for Arsenal due to the tense political dispute between Armenia and final hosts Azerbaijan.

The Premier League club have decided against Mkhitaryan travelling with the rest of Unai Emery’s squad for next Wednesday’s game.

“We are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea,” an Arsenal statement announced on Tuesday.

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“We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our travelling party.”

Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the UK, Tahir Taghizadeh, had insisted Mkhitaryan would be free from any threat of violence, but it was reported the star didn’t believe he would be safe on the pitch.

“Having considered all the current options, we had to take the tough decision for me not to travel with the squad to the UEL Final against Chelsea,” Mkhitaryan tweeted.

“It’s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often for us players and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it. I will be cheering my teammates on! Let’s bring it home.”

Mkhitaryan had featured in 11 games during the Europa League campaign and his absence will be a big blow as Arsenal look for the victory they need to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“We have written to UEFA expressing our deep concerns about this situation,” the Arsenal statement added.

“We’re also very sad that a player will miss out on a major European final in circumstances such as this, as it is something that comes along very rarely in a footballer’s career.

“Micki has been a key player in our run to the final so this is a big loss for us from a team perspective.”

Armenia captain Mkhitaryan skipped the Gunners’ Europa League fixture against Qarabag in October because of tensions caused by a dispute over the Nagorny Karabakh region.

Azerbaijan and Armenia have feuded over Nagorny Karabakh since Armenian separatists seized the territory in a war that claimed about 30,000 lives in the early 1990s.

A ceasefire was agreed in 1994 but the two countries remain locked in a bitter dispute with frequent exchanges of fire, and tensions are such that Mkhitaryan also did not travel to Azerbaijan with former club Borussia Dortmund for a Europa League match against Galaba FK in 2015.

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Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan Out For Six Weeks Over Injury

Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan takes a knock needing attention on the field during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 19, 2018. Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be out of action for at least six weeks because of a foot injury, the Premier League side revealed on their website on Tuesday.

Mkhitaryan fractured the metatarsal in his right foot in last Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat by Tottenham and was replaced at half-time. He missed the win against Burnley at the weekend.

Arsenal said the Armenian playmaker is “expected to return to full training in six weeks”.

Mkhitaryan has been a regular under Unai Emery and has scored four Premier League goals this season.

The 29-year-old will miss key league games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City as Arsenal continue their pursuit of a top-four place.

Mkhitaryan arrived at the Emirates Stadium almost a year ago as part of the swap deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.

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Mkhitaryan Makes His Mark With Arsenal

Mkhitaryan Makes His Mark With Arsenal
Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan reacts to a challenge from Watford’s English-born Jamaican defender Adrian Mariappa (L) during their Premier League football match at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 11, 2018. Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been at Arsenal for less than two months, but that hasn’t stopped the fiercely-driven star from ruffling a few feathers as he tries to lead the Gunners to Europa League glory.

Mkhitaryan moved to Arsenal as part of the deal that sent Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in January and the Armenian has already established himself as a key figure in Arsene Wenger’s troubled side.

The 29-year-old found himself frozen out by United manager Jose Mourinho, but Wenger is more appreciative of his qualities and has installed him on the right of his three-man attacking midfield.

Mkhitaryan has scored in his last two appearances for Arsenal, with his maiden goal coming in their crucial 2-0 win at AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 first leg.

After netting again in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Watford, Mkhitaryan has done his bit to ease the pressure on Wenger, who is fighting to save his job after another miserable season.

Qualifying for next season’s Champions League is essential to Wenger’s hopes of extending his 22-year reign and, with their domestic form so patchy this year, winning the Europa League is their only realistic way of achieving that goal.

With that in mind, Mkhitaryan’s presence at the Emirates Stadium might be seen as a good omen for Wenger.

Although Mkhitaryan struggled to convince Mourinho of his worth, he was still a valuable contributor to their Europa League success last season.

He scored five times on United’s pat to the final, including a pair of vital strikes in each leg of the semi-final against Anderlecht.

Capping his memorable campaign in the competition, Mkhitaryan hit United’s second goal in their 2-0 win against Ajax as they lifted the trophy in Stockholm.

That refusal to be beaten down by Mourinho is a testament to Mkhitaryan’s competitive personality.

And it is that willingness to face potentially damaging situations that prompted him to issue a defiant challenge to Arsenal’s furious fans this week.

– Internal strife –

Though Arsenal reported that 59,131 tickets were sold for the Watford game, there were several thousand seats left empty as supporters stayed away in protest at Wenger’s struggles.

The north London club are without a league title since 2004 and fans have lost patience with Wenger’s failure to build a new powerhouse.

Recognising that internal strife will dent Arsenal’s bid to get back on track in the closing weeks of the season, Mkhitaryan called on supporters to show their true colours.

“We’re always playing for the fans, it doesn’t matter if they could have come today or not,” Mkhitaryan told beIN Sports.

“We’re always playing for those who come and support us; the people who are really coming and supporting us are real fans.

“Those who are coming to the stadium just when we are winning we have nothing to say. Just thanks to the fans who were supporting.”

It was a gutsy move by Mkhitaryan, who had laid on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal against Watford with a driving run and typically precise pass.

His former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Aubameyang repaid the favour with the pass that allowed the Armenian to score his first league goal for the Gunners later in the game.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing with him, it’s something special,” Mkhitaryan said.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, the old friends will be separated for the Milan clash as Aubameyang isn’t allowed to play.

Aubameyang is cup-tied despite not playing in the Europa League this season because Dortmund dropped from the Champions League into the Europa League, making him ineligible to represent his new club due to UEFA rules.

The absence of Aubameyang places extra pressure on Mkhitaryan and judging by his initial impact in an Arsenal shirt he will be up to the task.

Manchester United Confirm Sanchez Signing, Mkhitaryan Heads To Arsenal

A combination image shows Manchester United’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L) and Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez.  Photo: JON SUPER / AFP

 

Manchester United on Monday confirmed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction.

“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world,” said 29-year-old Chile international forward Sanchez.

“I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans.

“The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down.

“I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.”

Sanchez is expected to be the highest ever paid player in the Premier League, with British media reporting a pre-tax salary of £500,000 ($695,000, 567,000 euros) a week.

The swap deal that sees Armenia international winger Mkhitaryan, also 29, head to the Emirates following a mixed 18 months at Old Trafford had been expected for several days.

Sanchez had joined Arsenal in 2014 for £31.7 million after three years at Barcelona.

“Alexis is one of the best-attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players,” said United manager Jose Mourinho.

“He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige.

“I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going to get. He is a player that we will not forget, especially for his contribution to our Europa League victory.”

Mkhitaryan joined United for around £30 million in 2016 after three years at Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal also published the news of the swap deal on their website.

“I’m very happy that we could finish this deal and I’m very happy to be here,” said Mkhitaryan.

“It’s a dream come true because I’ve always dreamed of playing for Arsenal. Now that I’m here, I’ll do my best for this club to create history.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger added: “Henrikh is a very complete player. He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he’s very committed as well.

“I must say he’s a player who has all the attributes.”

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Manchester United Advance Into Europa Semis

Manchester United Advance Into Europa SemisManchester United on Thursday beat Anderlecht 2-1 to qualify for the semi-final of the UEFA Europa League.

With the first leg ending 1-1, Henrikh Mkhitaryan put United ahead at the Old Trafford, just before Sofiane Hanni equalised with a close-range finish.

Though the Red Devils missed several chances in both halves, Marcus Rashford’s extra time goal sent the English side into the Last Four as they advance 3-2 on aggregate.

Elsewhere, Besiktas beat Lyon 2 – 1, Schalke 04 thrashed Ajax 3 – 2, while the match between Genk and Celta Vigo ended 1- 1.

Europa League: Manchester United Thrash Feyenoord 4-0

Europa League: Manchester United Thrash Feyenoord 4-0 with Wayne RooneyManchester United remained in control of their Europa League destiny with one group game to play as Wayne Rooney made history in a dominant 4-0 win over Feyenoord at Old Trafford.

The captain, returning to the starting line-up, became United’s all-time leading scorer in Europe on 39 goals with a composed finish to give the Reds a deserved 1-0 lead at the break.

In the second half, Juan Mata slid home his fifth goal of the season to double the lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic laid on the third strike of the night as his cross was diverted into his own net by Feyenoord’s goalkeeper Brad Jones.

Substitute Jesse Lingard capped off a stunning move with a curling shot in stoppage time, as Jose Mourinho’s men ran out comfortable winners following a fine all-round display.

It means the Reds, who can still top the group, will book a place in the last 32 of the competition with a point away to Zorya Luhansk in the final Group A match on December 8.

Mourinho named a strong team despite making six changes from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal as Henrikh Mkhitaryan made only his second United start and Sergio Romero replaced the rested David De Gea in goal.

After Fenerbahce’s 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk earlier in the evening, United kicked off knowing that a defeat would lead to elimination from this season’s competition while a win would almost be enough to go through.

Mkhitaryan Completes Manchester United Move

MkhitaryanEnglish side, Manchester United, has completed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder joins the Red Devils on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.

“I am very proud to join Manchester United; this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time,” the Armenian footballer told the club’s website.

Coach Jose Mourinho said Henrikh is a very talented footballer who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country.

“He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal. I am delighted he has chosen to sign for United.

“I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the Premier League. We are all looking forward to working with him.”

Borussia Dortmund also announced the move last week via their website.

“This transfer was for us on the basis of an entirely new starting situation a difficult balancing advance: Manchester has made us a tremendous value containing offer. Had we knocked it, the player would be 2017 changed free. And we have the personnel issue postponed by only one year, “the Clubs Chief Executive officer, Hans-Joachim Watzke told the website.

Mkhitaryan, 27, joined Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, scoring 23 goals in 88 appeareances for the German side.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan Joins Manchester United

MkhitaryanArmenian attacking midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, has joined English Premier League Gaints, Manchester United from Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund.

This was disclosed by Borussia Dortmund’s official website.

“This transfer was for us on the basis of an entirely new starting situation a difficult balancing advance: Manchester has made us a tremendous value containing offer. Had we knocked it, the player would be 2017 changed free. And we have the personnel issue postponed by only one year, “the Clubs Chief Executive officer, Hans-Joachim Watzke told the website.

Mkhitaryan, 27, joined Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, scoring 23 goals in 88 appeareances for the German side.

Incredible Comeback: Liverpool Score Four To Sink Dortmund In Europa

LiverpoolLiverpool have qualified for the Europa League semi-finals with a dramatic fight back to defeat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 at Anfield.

Goals from Origi, Coutinho, Sakho and Lovren helped Klopp triumph in the dying minutes of the game against his former club on Thursday night.

Two quick goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the fifth minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the ninth minute half had left Liverpool shocked and on the verge of exit without a fight.

Pressure mounted for the fans as the setback was followed by series of missed chances that left the Anfield faithful frustrated.

The second half started well for Liverpool and the early pressure paid off in the 48th minute through Origi but just when Liverpool thought they were launching a comeback, Marco Reus silenced the home fans with a lovely finish, which left Klopp visibly furious.

Two goals down and three away goals already for Dortmund with less than 30 minutes to play, Liverpool needed three goals without conceding any more goals to win on aggregate, having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Germany.

LiverpoolThey made it 3-4 on aggregate in the 66th minute after James Milner played a one-two with Coutinho on the edge of the box, with the Brazilian star guiding home a great strike.

The Brazilian turned the provider of the equalizer in the 77th minutes as he whipped a corner in from the left-hand side with Sturridge managing to do enough to let the ball run past him at the near post!

Former PSG centre-back, Mamadou Sakho was quickest to react and turned home a close-range finish to make it 4-4 on aggregate.

Anfield went wild and they could only pray a complete miracle. One more goal and Liverpool would be in the semis. Both coaches made changes to make the best of the final minutes of the game.

There were four minutes of stoppage time and the pressure got to Schmelzer who picked up a yellow card for petulance, with Dortmund’s tempers flaring after a free-kick was awarded to Liverpool.

The Reds, however, maintained focus and the free-kick was taken short by Milner to Sturridge, with the latter then feeding the former to the right byline. He hung up a lovely cross, with Lovren rising highest at the back post to guide home a thumping header.

It was the 91st minutes and Liverpool had done the unthinkable; fighting back from being 1-3 down to defeat Dortmund 4-3 and qualifying for the semi-final 5-4 on aggregate.

This could go down as one of the greatest nights in Europa League history.