SHOWS: LONDON COLNEY NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 21, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) STEPHAN LICHSTEINER ON MKHITARIAN MISSING THE MATCH SAYING: "It's a big miss for us because he is a very important player, but we understand his decision because it is dangerous for him so yes, for us it's big miss." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3 (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALEX IWOBI, ON MKHITARIAN MISSING THE MATCH SAYING: "Yeah he's contributed a lot for get us where we are into the final.
But it is upsetting, we wanted him to come but it is what is it and we are going to fight and hopefully win a trophy not just for us but for him." 4.
WHITE FLASH 5.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) JOE WILLOCK ON MKHITARIAN MISSING THE MATCH SAYING: "Obviously he's upset and he said he's frustrated but that's life and sometimes it brings up these situations.
But he is going to be supporting us from home.
He's always had a supportive mentality.
It's a bit upsetting but we have to get on with it really." STORY: Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be part of the squad for the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku and his absence will be a huge loss for their chances, team mate Stephan Lichsteiner said on Tuesday.
The Armenia international's participation in the match on May 29 had been in doubt due to the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and his native country.
Other Arsenal players, interviewed after a training session for the final, expressed support for Mkhitaryan, who has made 39 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season, scoring six goals.
(Production: Paul Hardy/Oliver Regan/Jim Hatley)