Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan expresses sympathy for Vorskla

‘It is a big disadvantage because they wanted to play at home’: Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan expresses sympathy for Vorskla after Europa League clash was moved to Kiev

  • Arsenal are set to face Vorskla in the Europa League on Thursday evening in Kiev
  • The game was set to take place in Poltava but it was moved to Kiev on Tuesday
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan has expressed his sympathy for Arsenal’s opponents

Kieran Gill for the Daily Mail

‘We were ready to play in Poltava or Kiev,’ said Mkhitaryan, one of the few senior players who has travelled to Ukraine. ‘It is a long trip and for us, it doesn’t matter where we play.

‘For Poltava it is a big disadvantage because they wanted to play at home.’

Unai Emery was less sympathetic as he said: ‘It is UEFA’s decision.

‘In the 90 minutes, it is not a very big change. They are playing in Ukraine and not in their town but they are playing in Kiev, they can also move their supporters.

Mkhitaryan is one of the few senior Arsenal players that has travelled to Ukraine for the game

Mkhitaryan is one of the few senior Arsenal players that has travelled to Ukraine for the game

‘The decision was not easy. It was a big responsibility. UEFA found the best decision to play and also with protecting everybody, us and them. We were waiting for this decision but with respect.’

Around 500 Arsenal fans were expected to attend the Europa League clash but it remains to be seen how many will make it to the 70,000-seater Olympic Stadium.

Staff at the stadium placed a cover over the pitch and were using heaters with the temperature in Kiev set to plummet as low as –14C on Thursday. 

Staff at the 70,000-seater stadium placed a cover over the pitch and were using heaters 

Staff at the 70,000-seater stadium placed a cover over the pitch and were using heaters 



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