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Arsenal's Europa League clash against Benfica gets new venue due to Covid-19 restrictions

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Arsenal's Europa League game with Benfica on February 18 has been moved to Rome due to coronavirus restrictions, with the second leg switched from Emirates Stadium to Athens.

The first leg of the last-32 tie had been scheduled to be played at Estadio da Luz, but Covid-19 travel restrictions in the United Kingdom regarding journeys to Portugal made a change of venue essential.

Arsenal's squad and staff would be required to self-isolate for 15 days upon returning from Lisbon, a requirement which is obviously incompatible with the club's other fixture commitments.

"The first leg, which is Benfica’s 'home' fixture, will be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on February 18, at 8pm UK time.

"Our 'home' fixture will be played at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens, Olympiacos' stadium, on February 25. Kick-off has yet to be confirmed.
 
"UEFA has stated that in the event of a draw over two legs, away goals will count double."

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