Pics: Long-Term Arsenal Absentee Makes It to Baku

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The Arsenal team have left London for Baku Azerbaijan ahead of the Europa League final slated for May 29.

A win over Valencia in the semifinals earned them a slot and they would be facing fellow league participants, Chelsea.

A surprise inclusion in the traveling squad was Danny Welbeck who has been out of action since last November after undergoing double surgery for an ankle injury sustained on a Thursday night.

It was earlier confirmed that he will be leaving as a free agent at the end of the season before reports emerged that he could be handed a chance to make the final his last game. That claim looks valid as he was a part of the side that jetted out today.

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The striker's availability means that Unai Emery will have an additional option in attack. At least, that will come as a compensation for the loss of Henrikh Mkhitaryan who had to pull out due to security concerns in the host country.

The early departure of Arsenal is to enable them have a two-day training session before the D-day. Also on board were going sensations, Bukayo Saka and Xavier Amaechi.

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