Arsenal will be given a boost if they make it to the Europa League final, which will be held in Baku, with UEFA confirming that they will help Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan get a visa into the country.
Political and other conflicts have resulted in the absence of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
This initially meant that if Arsenal were to make the final, then Mkhitaryan would have to miss out as he wouldn’t be allowed into the country.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan to feature in potential Europa League final
However, according to Sky Sports, UEFA have agreed to help the Armenian secure a visa into Azerbaijan.
Earlier, Mkhitaryan had missed Arsenal’s trip to Qarabag for the same reason. On that occasion, the Gunners hadn’t applied for a visa. They had previously been informed that it would not be of any use and that Mkhitaryan wouldn’t be allowed to feature.
Now, however, the situation seems to be different.
Arsenal would need the services of the former Dortmund and Manchester United midfielder if they are to go all the way and lift the trophy.
Arsenal close in on finals berth
They currently have one foot in the final after securing a 3-1 first-leg advantage against Valencia.
They will face either Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt in the final depending on the outcome of the two clubs’ second leg encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery, however, does not believe his side are through yet. Emery admitted that the tie is still evenly poised. He also explained that his side need to be wary when they travel to Spain.
As for Mkhitaryan, he would be hoping UEFA come good on their word and do indeed secure a visa for him for the final. He has been in fine form for Arsenal this season and will be looking to carry on in the same vein.