Arsenal handed massive boost for Europa League final

UEFA will pledge their full support to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s VISA request if Arsenal reaches the final of Europa League.

The former Manchester United man was not included in Arsenal’s squad for the group stage match against Qarabag earlier in the competition prompting the head coach of the Azerbaijani side to accuse the Gunners of being ‘afraid’.

This season’s final is to be staged in Baku prompting fears Henrikh Mkhitaryan will again be denied access to the country which endures a hostile political relationship with his country Armenia. ESPN reports Europe’s governing body will back the 30-year-old if Arsenal go one stage further than they did last campaign when they were knocked out by Atletico Madrid.

Henrik Mkhitaryan has made nine appearances in the Europa League this campaign and was introduced as a late substitute in last week’s 2-0 quarter-final first leg victory over Napoli.

If Unai Emery’s men complete the job in Naples, they are likely to meet Valencia in the last four after Marcelino’s team, which boasts former Arsenal players Francis Coquelin and Gabriel Paulista after they beat Villarreal 3-1 at El Madrigal a week ago.

The Gunners need to win the Europa League as the chances of advancing in the Premier League top-four hinge in the air but the English side are incredibly weak in away games, and Napoli hope to use this as boost to beat Unai Emery’s men, advance to the next stage and try to end the season with silverware.