Arsenal are reportedly facing a ‘staffing crisis’ due to the early nature of their Europa League last-32 kick-off time against BATE Borisov.

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Daily Mail 18 December 2018

The game had originally been scheduled to take place on Wednesday 20, 2019 with a 5pm kick-off that would have required thousands of Arsenal fans to take time off work in order to make the game.

It was then moved to the next day but the kick-off tie was only put back 55 minutes in order that the game does not clash with the Chelsea’s Champions League tie.

According to a report in Tuesday’s Mail (above), many of the staff who would be expected to work during a match day also have other jobs and ‘could struggle to report for duty’ meaning that the Sami Mokbel, the author of this piece, is making a few assumptions in his piece.

That being said, it’s not a huge leap to make.

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