Arsenal's clash with Vorskla in doubt as Ukraine side can't guarantee attendance

Arsenal's clash with Vorskla in doubt as Ukraine side can't guarantee attendance

Arsenal's clash with Vorskla in doubt as Ukraine side can't guarantee attendance

The escalating tensions between Russian Federation and Ukraine off the coast of Crimea have spilled over into football with UEFA deciding to relocate Arsenal's Europa League tie against FC Vorskla Poltava on Thursday to Kiev following the introduction of martial law in some parts of Ukraine.

The match didn't take place in the stadium it was supposed but as far as Arsenal fans were concerned, it went as expected. "A holiday was taken away from Poltava".

"That was a big influence on the mentality on the team".

"The city really lost a holiday".

Arsenal handed a first start to teenage striker Eddie Nketiah as Emery made 10 changes, with only Rob Holding retaining his place from Sunday's Premier League win at Bournemouth.

Osei-Tutu, 20, is among seven young players who have been called by Unai Emery for the crunch game at the Oleksiy Butovsky Vorskla Stadium in Ukraine.

There were chances to add to their advantage, with Willock seeing one tame effort saved and Smith Rowe having a goal belated chalked off - seemingly for offside - after firing Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross into the roof of the net. "Today his performance was very good".

"He is taking confidence, he is taking responsibility and also I think today his performance in 90 minutes was very good", our head coach said.

"Oleh Lysak, the Vorskla vice president, confirmed the match may not be played and said "'the Olympic Stadium hasn't given us any kind of confirmation or any other kind of answer" with the Ukraine club apparently attempting to switch the fixture back to the original venue.

"We have responsibility with the young players to show us if they can improve and stay with us".

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