Vorskla give Arsenal game the green light

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According to AP, Vorskla have confirmed that they will face Arsenal in Kiev this evening having been given guarantees that the Olympic Stadium in Kiev is ready to put the game on.

The Ukrainian side suggested last night that they may not partake in the fixture given the logistical challenges faced by supporters who’d bought tickets expecting the match to be played in Poltava.

UEFA decided that the game should be moved after martial law was enforced in certain regions of Ukraine by the government; a response to increased tensions with neighbours Russia.

Unai Emery’s Arsenal landed in Kiev yesterday with the boss hosting a press conference before sneaking a look at the state of the pitch. He was then taken out for a chicken dinner by Oleg Luzhny.

The match will kick off at 17:55pm GMT.

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Pedant
Pedant

Phew.

Come on you Arsenal youth team!

Ron
Ron

Chicken in Kiev with the Horse. As you do.

Andre
Andre

No sides with the chicken?

Tom Gun
Tom Gun

Let’s be honest about this. Arsenal hierarchy have used the political situation and kicked up a stink to force the game to be moved to Kiev and so saving our journey.

I feel really sorry for the Vorskla fans. One of the biggest games in their history, one which they would have clocked when the draw happened, having Arsenal at their ground, and they’ve been robbed of it.

Not only are they getting the youngsters not the stars, but to have the game moved to a different city. A different ground. That’s gotta suck!

I mean don’t get me wrong, at the end of the day, fuck ’em, this is much better for us. But still….

Pedant
Pedant

Martial law is ‘the imposition of direct military control of normal civilian functions of government, especially in response to a temporary emergency such as invasion or major disaster, or in an occupied territory.’

The Arsenal hierarchy are terrible for having done that to Vorskla just to get the game moved to Kiev, just to get a shorter journey, as you say. It’s all our fault.

Goons
Goons

How is this our fault?

Pedant
Pedant

Lol jks obvs.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Blame on the warmongers, not Arsenal.

sambo
sambo

In Soviet Ukraine, game come to you

Badaab
Badaab

Ukraine is game to you?!?

Pedant
Pedant

Exactly…

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Probably we’ve paid Vlad to bomb some ships. Would do everything to avoid a few hour bus trip! 😑

Aaron
Aaron

Well, I thought we were just “Gunners” by name but who am I kidding, we are capable gunning down cities to the ground now to save a few extra kms of travel.

Jack
Jack

I’ve got a dead cert – Jenks to try and hit a volley like the one he did in the last Europa game!

Arseman
Arseman

I wonder if Vorskla made up the “we didn’t get confirmation so we might not play” thing just to through us off and hope we don’t show up thereby handing them the game lol

santori
santori

Cannot wait to get back into CL.

So many teams in europa lacking in standard.

I think into next round, the teams we need to be worried about the most are the British ones. Chiefly Cheshit but also Liverpuddle and Spurts should they drop down from the CL.

The rest of the teams, we are our own worse enemy.