Arsenal have been handed a major boost in the game against PSG tomorrow.
The French Champions will be without their Ivory Coast international and their right back Serge Aurier who has been barred from entering the UK.
Back in September, the 23-year-old was handed a two-month suspended prison sentence after he attacked a police officer in the French capital.
Aurier was expected to travel with the rest of the PSG squad to north London for the match on Wednesday night but his recent court case has prevented this.
It’s understood the Ivorian full-back was stripped of his visa at the border by British authorities meaning he will not be available for the upcoming European tie.
PSG statement after Aurier was banned from UK
‘After an initial application on 18 October, complete with all the necessary documents, the British authorities had originally granted Paris Saint-Germain’s Côte d’Ivoire international an entry visa to the UK on 21 October. However, on 16 November, his visa was finally revoked by the British Ministry of the Interior, who justified their about-face by citing Aurier’s conviction on 30 September, 2016. Paris Saint-Germain had, in all transparency, informed the British authorities of this conviction, as well as Aurier’s appeal against this decision (and the legal suspension of the ruling) from the outset.
‘The club has argued several times that since the player has launched a legal appeal against the criminal ruling, he is therefore entitled to the presumption of innocence, as any other person exercising their right to appeal.
‘Paris Saint-Germain strongly regrets that the presumption of innocence has not influenced Britain’s decision. On several occasions, UEFA has also transmitted its total support of Paris Saint-Germain to the British authorities regarding this case, in order to preserve the integrity of its competitions.
‘The club also deplores that the final decision of the British authorities was only communicated at 14:00 CET on Tuesday, despite the club working for the last six days to find a solution to enable our player to travel with his teammates to London. Paris Saint-Germain considers this extremely tardive response as a flagrant lack of respect for the club, given that its player could have been training with the team just hours later at Emirates Stadium.
‘In the face of this decision, albeit difficult to understand in respect to European law, Paris Saint-Germain, who had planned to travel to London with its strongest possible squad, invites its fans to be more united than ever, in support of their club.’
Following Aurier’s conviction, he was fined £521 in damages but remains free pending appeal.
PSG will also be without midfielders Javier Pastore and Adrien Rabiot for the trip to the Emirates after the duo picked up injuries.