Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss Wednesday’s Europa League Final in Baku because of political tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The 30-year-old was warned he might not be safe in the country so he decided not to travel.
This has caused outrage in the Arsenal fan-base and also the Gunners squad, with Bernd Leno coming out and calling the decision to play the final in Baku as a “scandal.”
Sokratis, meanwhile, sent a supportive message to his teammate on Instagram, one which provoked a thankful response from the Armenian.
Mkhitaryan was touched by Sokratis’ kind gesture and has told him to win the final tomorrow.
The Europa League Final has to go down as one of the most badly organised football matches in UEFA’s history. Mkhitaryan’s absence has been just one of the problems to plague this final.