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Arsenal will jet off for the long trip to face Qarabag for their Europa League clash on Thursday – but Henrikh Mkhitaryan won’t be travelling.
The Armenian native requires a special permit to enter Azerbaijan due to ongoing tensions and conflict between the two nations.
Entertainers – including footballers – can be classed as exceptions to current rules that restrict Armenian nationals from entering the country.
Arsenal and Mkhitaryan chose not to apply for special permission, therefore he is ruled out of the game he would have been likely to start in under normal circumstances.
His absence is likely to open the door for teenage sensation Emile Smith-Rowe to get another chance to impress in the first team.
Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi are expected to start, while Aaron Ramsey is likely to be included in the starting XI.
The Welshman’s form has dipped amid reports he is set to leave the club once his contract expires.
However, Unai Emery is more likely to start Ramsey against Qarabag before turning to other options in upcoming Premier League games.