Former England international and current sports broadcaster Gary Lineker urges Arsenal to wear Henrikh Mkhitaryan shirts if they win the Europa League final tonight.
“If Arsenal win tonight, it would be quite pleasing to see every player don a Mkhitaryan shirt for the trophy presentation,” Lineker said in a twitter post.
If @Arsenal win tonight, It would be quite pleasing to see every player don a Mkhitaryan shirt for the trophy presentation.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 29, 2019
Journalist and TV personality Piers Morgan, in turn, urges every Arsenal fan to wear a Henrikh Mkhitaryan shirt.
“Every Arsenal fan should wear a Henrikh Mkhitarayn shirt tonight and constantly chant his name. Don’t let these anti-Armenian racists win,” Morgan said on Twitter.
The comments come after Times’ journalist Henry Winter shared a photo of an Arsenal fan, draped in a flag bearing the club’s old crest, who was stopped by security in Baku to reveal the name on his shirt. The fan was apparently asked twice on his way to the fanzone to lift up his flag to reveal the name. “You checking for Mkhitaryan?,” he asked. The answer was yes.
Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has decided not to go to Azerbaijan due to the country’s ongoing conflict with his native Armenia.