A short read this morning. I know, it’s usually a short read but why say/write 1000 words when just a few will do?
A decision has been made regarding our Europa League fixtures against Benfica and both ties will be played at a neutral ground as Portugal is on the UK red list and too much time would be spent in quarantine.
Instead, Arsenal will head to Italy for the first tie which takes place next Thursday as the game will be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The return fixture on February 25 looks set to be moved to the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens, although this is yet to be confirmed by UEFA. The away goal rule remains in place.
Arsenal seem to play better away from home this season, or at least they were before the Wolves and Villa fixtures. On Saturday the players return to The Emirates to face a Leeds team which brushed Crystal Palace aside with ease judging by the 2-0 score line last night. Rumours on NN suggest Thomas Partey will be fit to play which is a massive boost if true and of course Bernd Leno returns from his one match suspension as does David Luiz. Sites like these are offering odds on the event and Arsenal will go in as the favourite to take the three points.
See you in the comments.