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Arsenal’s Premier League match against Manchester City on October 19 has been postponed to accommodate the Gunners’ Europa League campaign. Arsenal will now play PSV Eindhoven on October 20 following the postponement of the match this week.
The visit of PSV to the Emirates was called off on Monday due to police limitations in the lead up to the Queen’s state funeral next week. Concerns were raised over when the match could be rearranged for due to a hugely congested fixture schedule.
There were even some reports that Arsenal may have to forfeit the match if it could not be played before the conclusion of the group stage. But now a new date has been found on October 20, with a 6pm kick off.
A statement from UEFA thanked the Premier League for allowing the match against City to be moved. A statement from the organisation reads: “UEFA today announced that the UEFA Europa League tie between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven, originally scheduled to be played on Thursday 15 September, will now be played on Thursday 20 October at 19:00 CEST (18:00 local time).
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“The rescheduling of this match was possible after the decision of the Premier League to postpone the domestic match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City FC originally due to be played on 19 October.
“UEFA would like to thank the Premier League and the clubs concerned for their flexibility and cooperation in the rescheduling of the UEFA Europa League match which had been postponed due to the impossibility for local police forces to guarantee its secure staging.”
A new date for Arsenal’s home match against City is yet to be announced. But there is a strong possibility it will not be until 2023, with the World Cup starting next month.
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Speaking at his press conference on Tuesday, City boss Pep Guardiola hinted the Arsenal game was going to be moved. He said: “I don’t know if the Arsenal game will be played now.”
All Premier League matches were postponed last weekend as a sign of respect following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Top-flight action will resume at some grounds this weekend.
However, Manchester United vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Liverpool are off due to police limitations. Brighton’s match with Crystal Palace remains postponed despite a scheduled train strike being suspended.
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