Sport Arsenal-Benfica to be played in Rome

18:15  09 february  2021
18:15  09 february  2021 Source:   sofoot.com

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  Arsenal-Benfica devrait se jouer à Rome © Supplied by Sofoot

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The round of 16 first leg of the Europa League between Arsenal and Benfica will be played in ... Rome, announces O Jogo . The two clubs have reportedly reached an agreement after several weeks of discussions for a match scheduled for February 18. Sanitary measures in force in the United Kingdom, following the arrival of the English variant, have forced UEFA to review its plans.

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However, uncertainty looms for the return on February 25. Indeed, Arsenal players will have to remain in isolation for fourteen days after their trip to Rome, while the Portuguese government does not allow any of its nationals to travel to England. The European body has already suggested that Benfica opt for a neutral destination, such as Budapest, Bucharest or Monaco. The governing body extended the round of 16 until March 5, to give the clubs some organizational time.

The RB Leipzig-Liverpool , Mönchengladbach-Manchester City and Molde-Hoffenheim matches have also already been relocated.

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Arteta named an unchanged starting XI for the first time in his managerial stint at Arsenal which saw Odegaard take up the No 10 role while Emile Smith Rowe was again pushed out wide.The Gunners dominated their Portuguese opponents in Rome and came away feeling like they should've won the encounter, after a number of high-quality chances were spurned.

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