Earlier today Arsenal were drawn against Rennes in Europa League the Round of 16.
The first leg was due to take place on March 7th at the Emirates, but presumably because Chelsea are also at home that night and it would mean another 17.55 kick off, the game has been switched to France.
This has probably caught out plenty of Arsenal fans who would have moved quickly to book flights and hotels to try and take advantage of non-football inspired prices.
The Gunners will travel to Roazhon Park first, and then entertain the Ligue 1 outfit at the home the following week.
Petr Cech seems happy with the draw, a chance for him to return to a former club:
When a goalkeeper makes the draw good things happen!
Quand le gardien de but fait le tirage au sort les bonnes choses se passent !
Cuando el portero hace el sorteo buenas cosas pasan . Gracias .@Palop1 #gkunion ? pic.twitter.com/aLEheXxvpg
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) February 22, 2019
He joined the French side from Sparta Prague in 2002, and it was during his time there that he first came on the Arsenal radar.
Arsene Wenger was keen on him, but admitted that Arsenal didn’t move fast enough to secure his services.
“There was no work permit issue or anything because he went to Chelsea from Rennes and we could have been quicker maybe on the day than Chelsea, especially because I know his agent very well,” said the former boss.
“It makes me just think that I missed him when he was at Rennes, and how that could have changed for us if we had signed him in that period.”
Another interesting little side drama to this game is the fact that Hatem Ben Arfa, a player heavily linked with us in the past, plays for Rennes following an unhappy time at PSG under Unai Emery.
In fact, the 31 has recently taken legal action against the club, seeking compensation of around €8m for the 15 months he felt he was frozen out of the team while the current Arsenal Head Coach was in charge.
That should certainly add a bit of extra spice to proceedings.