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Arsene Wenger hits out at Arsenal’s Europa League final ‘nightmare’

The former Arsenal boss has voiced his displeasure with the situation in Baku (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wengerhas hit out at the decision to stage the Europa League final in Azerbaijan following a series of controversies.

The Gunners will travel to Baku at the end of May to take on Chelsea, though the stadium is expected to be well under capacity after both teams failed to fill their allocations due to the difficulty in getting to the city.

Arsenal will also be without Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan due to political tensions between his nation and the host country, and Wenger is saddened by the situation.

Mkhitaryan made the decision not to travel to Azerbaijan (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s a little bit of a nightmare [for the fans],’ the 69-year-old – who will not be travelling to Baku to see the game either – told reporters on Thursday.

‘The teams have no problem. They live in ideal conditions – they have their private jet, nice business seats. But it’s the fans.

‘That [Mkhitaryan’s situation] is something that should not happen in football.

‘I feel it’s not normal that in 2019 – inside Europe, with very sophisticated democracies – that you cannot play for political reasons.’

The veteran Frenchman has hinted he may not return to football in a coaching capacity (Getty)

Wenger has been linked with a host of top jobs since leaving Arsenal a year ago and says he is now ready to return to football, though not necessarily as a manager.

He added: ‘I thought I would come back into management very quickly, but I enjoyed taking a little distance. Now I’m at a crossroads. You will see me again in football. As a manager? I don’t know.’


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