Arsenal given boost ahead of PSG clash after defender is denied entry to the UK

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PSG defender Serge Aurier has been denied entry to the UK ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Arsenal, according to Sky Sports.

Sky Sports report that the Ivorian was handed a suspended prison sentence earlier this year after he allegedly assaulted a police officer outside a nightclub. They note that he is in the process of appealing the court’s ruling.

The French champions face Arsenal on Wednesday with both sides battling to finish top of group A. Sky Sports cite an official statement released by PSG, which states that Aurier had initially been granted an entry visa to the UK in October. That decision was, however, overturned last week due to the ongoing court proceedings against the 23-year-old.

PSG’s loss is very much Arsenal’s gain, as Unai Emery will not be able to field his preferred back four. Arsene Wenger will no doubt be keen to finish top of his group in order to avoid the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, who Arsenal are often drawn against – and subsequently eliminated

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