There remains doubt over where Arsenal’s ‘home leg’ of their Europa League tie with Benfica will be played after fresh reports over a lockdown in Greece.
The Gunners announced yesterday that they were due to play the Liga Nos outfit in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico next Thursday, whilst provisionally announcing their home leg would be in Athens.
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Uncertainty has reigned supreme ever since the recent pandemic took the world of football by storm in March of last year. First, leagues across the world were postponed/suspended then teams were forced to play behind closed doors as clubs made mass amounts of losses due to the loss of spectators.
It seems the disease still has a major grip over football as Europa League and Champions League ties get rescheduled. Imagine the game and further outings in the second-tier competition go ahead as planned, at different locations across Europe, the north London outfit will be forced to endure more travelling in what has already been a hefty season.
The uncertainty can’t be good for preparation especially with the Gunners sitting in a precarious position in the Premier League table. If Arsenal do play Benfica in Athens for the side’s home leg, they would be facing chaos given they’re playing Leicester City away that weekend.
There needs to be better planning from UEFA over the remainder of the Europa League. Last season’s one city knockout style tournament worked a treat and would be the best bet if the governing body wants to navigate a treachorous period in across history.