Arsenal were hopeful their match against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday would go ahead as planned but the fixture has now been postponed due to the availability of police resources.
However, by Monday, there were major doubts starting to emerge that the fixture could be played.
The Met Police had reportedly indicated they were comfortable with the game going ahead, but it was then reported that they were concerned they would not have the resources to police the game.
It seems that is now the case with Arsenal confirming the match has been postponed:
Our @EuropaLeague fixture with PSV has been postponed.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 12, 2022
Arsenal write, “The postponement follows liaison between UEFA, the Metropolitan Police and ourselves, after the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“We are working with the authorities to reschedule the match and any tickets (including those purchased via Ticket Exchange or received via Ticket Transfer) and/or hospitality packages purchased for this fixture will be valid for the rescheduled date.”
The Daily Mail add that this is because of “‘insufficient police personnel’ in London ahead of the Queen’s funeral.”
This weekend’s matches were all called off following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and there are concerns that next weekend’s matches might also be disrupted as a result of further policing issues related to the Queen’s funeral.
Arsenal opened their Europa League campaign with a group stage win over FC Zurich last Thursday, with Marquinhos starring on his debut.
With PSV drawing their opening game, Arsenal had the chance to open up a five-point lead over Thursday night’s opponents with a win.
That would certainly have put the team in a strong position after the opening two games.
In other fixture news, Arsenal women are set to kick-off the FA WSL this weekend with their game against Brighton but doubts still remain over the weekend’s Premier League fixtures:
Quite where they plan to squeeze these rearranged games into an already packed schedule due to the World Cup in Qatar is anyone’s guess.
If they don't have the police for one game midweek, they are hardly going to have enough for Brentford v Arsenal and Chelsea v Liverpool on Sunday, the day before the funeral https://t.co/B38DtalVZX
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) September 12, 2022