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Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has blasted Europe's football body UEFA, for picking Baku, Azerbaijan for the finals of the UEFA Europa League. 

The Gunners' goalie is angered that Henrik Mkhitaryan will not play, with UEFA failing to guarantee him safety during their stay in Azerbaijan. 

"It's a scandal that he cannot play because of that, he works hard all season and cannot come to such a final for political reasons. I'm just sorry for him [Mkhitaryan]," he told Kicker.

He also took issue with UEFA only allowing 6,000 fans each for the two teams, in a 68,000-seater stadium. 

Already the two clubs have returned unsold tickets to UEFA, with many fans choosing not to travel the long distance to Azerbaijan. 

The two sides clash in an all-English final on May 29th, gunning to lift Europe's second-tier title. 

Leno is expected to start from the bench, with Petr Cech set to take his place in what will be his last match for the Gunners. 

Arsenal will be eager to win the title and book a place in next season's Champions League, after finishing outside the top four in the English Premier League in the recently-concluded season. 

Chelsea, on the other hand, have already booked a place in the competition, having finished third behind Manchester City and Liverpool.  

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