Arsenal’s Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven has been postponed to October 20.
The tie was due to be played on Thursday night but was postponed due to issues with police surrounding the Queen’s death.
There were concerns that Arsenal would lose the game if an alternative date could not be found, but the Premier League have agreed to postpone the Gunners’ game against Manchester City, which was scheduled for October 19.
The game will now kick-off at 6pm on October 20, UEFA said in a statement.
“UEFA would like to thank the Premier League and the clubs concerned for their flexibility and cooperation in rescheduling the UEFA Europa League match, which was postponed due to the inability of local police forces to ensure a safe staging,” it said the declaration completed.
The Premier League said a new date for Arsenal’s game against Manchester City would be announced in due course.
The league already faces the challenge of rearranging all of last weekend’s games, which were postponed out of respect for the Queen, as well as three games due to be played this weekend – Brighton v Crystal Palace, Manchester United v Leeds and Chelsea v Liverpool.
Those games have been postponed due to problems with the police as authorities prepare for the Queen’s state funeral on Monday. Brighton v Palace had already been postponed before the Queen’s death because of a planned rail strike. Even if the industrial action has since been called off, the game has been postponed for police reasons.
Finding available spots on the calendar for all these games is a particular challenge this season with Qatar hosting the World Cup in November and December.
Senior sources within the game have told the PA news agency that one option that may need to be explored is to scrap the FA Cup third and fourth round replays for the third straight season in order to have two midweek slots in the January and February to ease congestion but it is recognized that these games can be of huge financial and sporting benefit, particularly for lower division clubs.
The start of the new Barclays Women’s Super League season was canceled last weekend after all English football matches were postponed as a show of respect following the Queen’s death.
Arsenal will now open the campaign at home against Brighton on Friday night, having originally been scheduled for their first game at Manchester City.
The dates for all catch-up dates will be announced in good time.
Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall would like to see all of those games played in one weekend rather than face a crooked table.
“My opinion, but I don’t think it will play a role, is that in the WSL all games of this postponed round would be played on the same date,” said the Swede.
“So (then) you don’t create a league table where some teams of players played 10 and some teams played 11, you play on different sides of the transfer window and so on.
“I don’t think anyone will take that into account, but assuming I’m just trying to make it fair, it’s really important that the competition is fair for all teams. I would do it this way.”