Benfica vs Arsenal: Europa League preview, team news, stats, kick-off time

EL talking point: Double take on neutral soil

Nothing sums up European football’s difficulties amid coronavirus travel restrictions more than Arsenal’s tie with Portuguese side Benfica. Both legs will be played at neutral venues due to the current restrictions. Benfica will host the first leg in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night. A week later the return will not take place in London, but in Greece at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium – home of Olympiacos.

Away goals, however, will count as normal, and Arsenal will be mindful of that after losing to Olympiacos in those circumstances at this stage of the competition 12 months ago.

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