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Why Arsenal could have to make an unwelcome Europa League change because of Chelsea

Arsenal may be forced to play their Europa League quarter-final first leg away regardless of their draw, because of rivals Chelsea.

The draw for the last eight of the Europa League takes place on Friday and UEFA has confirmed that if both sides are drawn to play at home in the same week, the order of Arsenal’s legs would have to be switched.

Local authorities in London don’t allow Chelsea and Arsenal to play at home on either the same or consecutive evenings.

According to UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles, it is Arsenal’s tie which will be altered in this situation due to Chelsea having higher priority after winning the FA Cup.

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