Arsenal’s nightmare situation as William Saliba investigation is launched

Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Wednesday, February 10th.

Nightmare fixture schedule

The change in venues for Arsenal’s Europa League Round of 32 clash against Benfica has left Mikel Arteta with a nightmare fixture schedule.

Travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to both matches being played at neutral venues, in Rome and Athens respectively.

With the two legs falling in the midst of a challenging period in the Premier League, where Arteta’s side face Manchester City and Leicester City, it has presented Arsenal with a problem.

UEFA have already confirmed the change for the trip to Rome, adding that the kick-off time and date of the fixture would remain unchanged.

In a statement they said: “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.”

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William Saliba investigation launched

The French Football Federation are set to open an investigation into a leaked video of Arsenal defender William Saliba.

Reports from RMC News indicate that the FFF are going to be looking into the explicit footage that features Saliba in his French football kit while away on international duty.

As a result they are understood to be investigating the leaked video on the grounds that it could be potentially viewed “as harmful to the image of the federation & football as a whole”.

It is unclear which other players are featured in the video, that was reportedly filmed around three years ago.

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