Arsenal manager Unai Emery. (photo credit: Arsenal FC)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that the club will be without the services of three key players when his side takes on Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Spaniard disclosed that striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ill and did not make the trip.

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While midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the game because of political reasons.

The Armenia international was not included in the squad, because of tensions between his country and Azerbaijan.

The Gunners boss also stated that Aaron Ramsey has asked to be excused from the match, as his wife is due to give birth.

The Gunners go into the encounter top of Group G, after defeating Vorskla 4-2 two weeks ago.