Arsenal-Man City ppd. to fit in Europa match

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    James OlleySenior Writer, ESPN FC

The Premier League have accepted a request from Arsenal to postpone their game with Manchester City next month to accommodate a rearranged Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven.

The north London side risked forfeiting the points after the original match against PSV — due to be played on Thursday — was unable to go ahead due to policing issues in London relating to events in the capital following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Talks between Arsenal, UEFA and the Premier League have been held to reach a compromise. This was confirmed on Wednesday morning.

Arsenal versus City, which was due to take place on Oct. 19, will now be rearranged at a date to be found in due course, and Arsenal versus PSV will take place instead a day later on Oct. 20. A UEFA statement stated: “UEFA would love to thank the Premier League as well as the clubs involved for their flexibility in rescheduling the UEFA Europa League game which was delayed due to inability of local police forces to ensure its safe staging. “

UEFA regulations state that the home team forfeits points if it is unable to stage a fixture. However, Arsenal have avoided this hazard. Mikel Arteta’s team won their opening Group A game against FC Zurich 2-1 last week.

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