Arsenal’s trip to Stamford Bridge in February looks likely to be rescheduled due to Chelsea’s involvement in the coronavirus-delayed Club World Cup.
The Gunners are pencilled to face the Blues at 3pm on 12 February, however, FIFA have now confirmed the final of their utterly pointless competition will be played on that date in the United Arab Emirates.
Given the opposition – Al Hilal, Al Ahly, Al Jazira, CF Monterrey, Auckland City and Palmeiras – Thomas Tuchel’s reigning European champions, who enter at the semi-final stage, will be favourites.
It’s unclear at this point when the game could be moved to.
Given our lack of European football, fixture congestion shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the Gunners heading into spring, however, it’ll be a whole different kettle of fish for Chelsea who will probably still be in the Champions League and could have to squeeze in two other postponed matches as a consequence of their jaunt to the Middle East.
You might remember, that in November 2019, Liverpool were forced to field different teams in two separate competitions within 24 hours after their Carabao Cup game with Aston Villa clashed with a Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar.