For the second time this week, Arsenal have confirmed that the second leg of our Europa League clash with Benfica will be played at Olympiacos’ Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis in Athens.
The Gunners, in conjunction with Uefa, had originally revealed the decision to play in Greece on Tuesday afternoon at the same time it was confirmed the first leg would be played in Rome.
Later in the evening, after the Greek government announced the need for stricter lockdown restrictions in their capital city, the article removed mention of the second leg; presumably because assurances over the venue’s suitability had to be sought.
Both matches are having to be played on neutral territory due to the UK government’s Covid-19 travel restrictions. Portugal has been placed on a ‘red list’ meaning Arsenal would have to quarantine for 10 days on returning from Lisbon while Benfica aren’t allowed in the UK at all.
Confirmed kick-off times
Benfica vs Arsenal
Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
18 February, 20:00 (GMT)
Arsenal vs Benfica
Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Athens, Greece
25 February, 17.55 (GMT)