Premier League

Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final for political reasons

The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team's most talented players pulled out of the game for political reasons.

After holding lengthy talks with Arsenal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would not be traveling to Azerbaijan for next week's final because of concerns about the tension that currently exists between the country and his native Armenia.

"It's the kind of game that doesn't come along very often for us players," Mkhitaryan said on his social media channels, "and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it."