UEFA have confirmed changes to Arsenal’s Europa League Round of 32 clash against Benfica, which has been moved to a neutral venue.
The Gunners were due to commence their knockout venture in the competition next week in Lisbon but travel restrictions imposed on Portugal by the UK amid the COVID-19 pandemic have led to changes.
Both fixtures are now set to be played at neutral venues, with next week’s first-leg moved to Roma’s Olympic Stadium in the Italian capital.
In a statement, UEFA said: “UEFA is able to officially confirm that the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC will now be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The date of the match (18 February 2021) and the kick-off time (21:00CET) will remain the same.
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“UEFA would like to express its gratitude to SL Benfica and Arsenal FC for their support and close cooperation, as well as the Italian Football Federation and AS Roma for their assistance and agreeing to stage the match.”
The second-leg the following week, originally due to be played at the Emirates Stadium, has also been moved and will now be held at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens.
UEFA has also confirmed that the away-goals rule will remain in play, despite the fact neither side is playing at their home venue.
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