Arsenal are set to travel to the Ukraine tonight for tomorrow’s match against minnows Vorskla, but there are many reasons for the Gunners to just miss the plane and stay safely at home. Ukraine is currently under Marshall Law due to increased tension with Russia and who really knows what threats the Arsenal players may be subject to in the capital Kiev, where UEFA have decided to move the game as Poltova is very close to the Russian border.
Arsenal announced the change last ……
The match will now take place at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on Thursday, November 29, with kick-off at 5.55pm UK time (7.55pm local time).
We are currently working closely with UEFA and the relevant authorities to ensure the safety and welfare of all our supporters who have, and will be travelling to Ukraine for this match.
Even the Foreign and Commonwealth office have been offering advice to supporters who are crazy enough to travel to watch the Gunners tomorrow night. They said: “Events in Ukraine are fast moving. You should remain vigilant throughout Ukraine, monitor the media and this travel advice regularly.”
“Be aware of the current political situation (in particular the tension between Ukraine and Russia) and avoid any action or chanting that could provoke a hostile reaction from home fans.”
Personally I think we should not even go there. We have the crucial North London Derby to play on Sunday and if Emery is forced to go then he should only take a squad of reserves and youths and leave our stars at home. I dread to think how much the insurance is going to cost even if we only send our kids, and why would we even consider putting them in danger either. And it will be even more risky for the travelling fans.
It is simply not worth the risk when we know we only have to beat Qarabag at home to top the Group anyway. Give Vorskla the points if we have to.
What do you think?