Why are Arsenal playing Vorskla in Kiev in their Europa League clash?

ARSENAL will be heading to Ukraine, looking to tie up top spot in Group E of the Europa League against Vorskla.

But the Gunners’ travel plans have had to change with the Ukrainian side’s home deemed no longer suitable for the clash.

The Olympic Stadium in Kiev will play host to Vorskla vs Arsenal – just six months after hosting the Champions League final
Arsenal's game with Vorskla Poltava is a long way from the disputed Russian annex of Crimea
Arsenal’s game with Vorskla Poltava is a long way from the disputed Russian annex of Crimea

Why are Arsenal playing in Kiev?

The Gunners’ match has been moved over 200 miles west in Ukraine to the Olympic Stadium in the capital.

This follows the country’s introduction of martial law in ten regions for 30 days, following increased tensions with Russia near Crimea in the south.

While Poltava is not among those regions, Uefa and club officials have worked together to ensure the safety and welfare of fans and players is of the utmost priority.

The change has angered some Vorskla fans and officials, who insist they have the security in place to ensure the match runs without incident, while also pointing to not being under martial law.

The Gunners had been expected to train in Poltava ahead of the match – instead they have trained at their usual London base before flying out.

When is Vorskla vs Arsenal?

The Europa League clash will take place on Thursday, November 29.

It will kick off at 5.55pm – that’s 7.55pm in Ukraine.

The game will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.



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