The first leg of Arsenal’s Europa League tie against Benfica subsequent month may very well be performed at a neutral venue as issues develop over new variants of coronavirus.
The Gunners are as a consequence of face the Portuguese giants in Lisbon on February 18, with the second leg of the last-32 tie happening at the Emirates per week later.
But talks at the moment are happening over switching that first leg to a brand new venue on security grounds.
Concerns over new coronavirus variants in Portugal are believed to be gathering inside authorities, with instances within the nation hovering in latest weeks.
The UK authorities web site presently says mainland Portugal is taken into account to be ‘in a state of emergency’ as native authorities put measures in place to cease the unfold of the virus.
Arsenal are stated to be completely satisfied to play at a neutral venue, though Benfica would favor that the match was performed at their Estadio da Luz floor.
Elite sports activities groups and gamers are given journey exemptions in terms of fulfilling fixtures world wide in the course of the pandemic, with governments recognising the necessity to journey to work.
Arsenal are one in every of 4 English groups within the last-32 of the Europa League forward of the event’s resumption subsequent month, with Manchester United dropping down from the Champions League to hitch them, Tottenham and Leicester.
United face Spanish aspect Real Sociedad, Spurs tackle Austrian outfit Wolfsberger and Leicester have a tie against Slavia Prague, with all of the Premier League sides scheduled to be away within the first legs.
In the Champions League, Manchester City take Borussia Moenchengladbach, Liverpool have RB Leipzig and Chelsea have been drawn against Atletico Madrid.
All of the English groups are away in these first legs additionally.
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