English giants Arsenal and Benfica’s Europa League last 32 ties will be played in Italy and Greece.
Due to strict Coronavirus travel laws in England and Portugal, the two clubs and UEFA have been forced to find alternative stadiums for the February dates.
As confirmed by Arsenal in a statement, the first leg will be in Rome, before the second leg goes to Olympiacos’ home ground in Athens.
“Uefa has confirmed that our Europa League last-32 home leg against Benfica will be played at Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis in Athens,” Arsenal posted.
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🇮🇹 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗴: Stadio Olimpico
🇬🇷 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗲𝗴: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 12, 2021
“The match – at the home of Olympiacos – has been moved from Emirates Stadium due to Covid restrictions. The match will be staged on February 25, kick-off 5.55 (GMT).
“The first leg is being played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on February 18, kick off 8pm (GMT).
*Uefa has stated that in the event of a draw over two legs, the usual away goals rule will apply,” ended the statement.
Meanwhile, the Gunners host Leeds at the Emirates this weekend.