ARSENAL fans have joked Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante are Armenian in a desperate bid to force the Chelsea stars out of the Europa League final in Baku.
Chelsea meet London rivals Arsenal in the final next week, and the Gunners travel without Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Emirates chiefs made the decision not to take the Armenian because of fears over his safety in Azerbaijan.
The country’s political row with Armenia means it is not safe for Mkhitaryan to visit Azerbaijan.
Without Mkhitaryan, Arsenal fans on Twitter have joked Chelsea stars including Hazard and Kante are also Armenian.
One said: “The sad thing is Armenia is a great country.
“I was once there on holiday, I met Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kantè they were both there to visit their grandparents.”
Another said: “Heard Kepa actually took one of those DNA test packages and came back 62 per cent Armenian.”
One commented: “Kim Kardashian is Kante god mother apparently? Any truth in this?”
While on another rampage Gunners fans have encouraged celebrity Kim Kardashian, of Armenian roots, to raise awareness to help resolve the Mkhitaryan row.
However, Kardashian – who is married to rapper Kanye West – is not a citizen of Armenia nor can she speak the language and so far, she has not weighed in on the debate.
Arsenal’s club captain Laurent Koscielny blasted Uefa for their pathetic attempts to help resolve the totally-avoidable situation.
Koscielny said: “I’m not very happy because we need to leave one player behind and he can’t play in the final.”