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"We very much regret this unwarranted decision taken, as we understand, collectively by Arsenal, the player and his family", the AFFA said.

"It's a very, very personal decision", he added.

And yet, I would never be prouder of this football than if they chose to boycott the final and not play.

Chelsea also reached the League Cup final this term, losing to eventual domestic treble winners Manchester City, and Sarri said his team deserved some silverware.

"My future is Wednesday, I think", he added. It is normal at the end of the season to discuss with the club the situation. We must have big ambition and big motivation for this final.

Regardless of whether he finds the target against Chelsea in Baku, Lacazette has already done enough in 2018-19 to be named Arsenal's Player of the Year.

"If the situation is like this then I want to go immediately", he said during his press conference. "You're either happy about my work or you're not happy".

N'Golo Kante is expected to be fit for the final, the midfielder having returned to training following a hamstring injury, but defender Antonio Rudiger is out injured.

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"We are trying to recover Kante, he had part of the training yesterday with the group so we are optimistic that he will be able to play in the final", Sarri said.

Emery has previously criticised UEFA's decision to hold the Europa League final in Azerbaijan's capital and he again suggested the ticket allocations for fans are not enough.

Indeed, according to Italian daily Il Mattino, both Hysaj and Insigne could follow Sarri to Juventus, if the Chelsea boss leaves for Turin.

"Ozil has very big experience in Europe, playing with his national team, important games", he said.

The Gunners are looking to win their first trophy under Emery in Baku. I can understand his decision.

"Now we are going to have less supporters from Arsenal and Chelsea, but I hope the stadium will be full".

What I am saying, however, is that if they did choose to concede the final, I would support them fully in it.

"In this regard, the refusal of Azerbaijan to provide such guarantees and a ban on the entry of alleged fans of Armenian origin is nothing but a new manifestation of racism, and this calls into question the holding of similar worldwide events in Azerbaijan", she added.

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