The COVID-19 pandemic has already caused substantial damage and disruption within the lives of billions all across the world, and that trend looks set to continue for many months to come. The same can be said for football, and as we approach the return of European competitions, things are about to shaken up once again.
Arsenal are scheduled to go toe to toe with Benfica in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32, but due to restrictions in place all over the continent, playing games in the set venues is going to be difficult. Therefore, as confirmed by Arsenal.com, the venue for the first leg has been officially moved.
“We can now confirm that the first Leg of our Europa League last-32 tie against Benfica will be played as below.
Both matches in the tie are being held at neutral venues due to the current COVID-19 regulations.
SL Benfica v Arsenal
Thursday, February 18
Kick-off: 8pm (UK time)
To be played at Stadio Olimpico, Rome.
Details regarding the second leg will be confirmed in due course.
*Uefa has stated that in the event of a draw over two legs, away goals will count double.”
How do you think this news will impact Arsenal’s preparations?