Arsenal force Spurs to give up home advantage in the Europa League last 16

0
702

Arsenal force Spurs to give up home advantage in the Europa League last 16

Arsenal cost Spurs home advantage

A very interesting occurrence has emerged in which Arsenal have seemingly ousted the home advantage of rivals Tottenham Hotspur for their Europa League last 16 tie against Dinamo Zagreb.

Arsenal progressed into the round of 16 after they came back to win 3-2 against Benfica and qualify with a 4-3 aggregate victory.

They were drawn to play against Olympiacos at home in the second leg, which is set to fall on the same night that Spurs are due to play their home leg against the Croatian team.

Arsenal force Spurs to give up home advantage in the Europa League last 16

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: A UEFA Europa League logo is pictured on the match ball during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Vitoria Guimaraes at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Arsenal are considered to be ranked higher in the competition, thanks to their qualification for the Europa League through their FA Cup win. Spurs qualified for the competition by finishing 6th in the Premier League table, considered a lower weighting than Arsenal’s victory.

UEFA have a law which prevents two teams within 50km of each other from playing on the same night and because Arsenal and Spurs both play in North London, the governing body has forced the two legs between Spurs and Zagreb to switch. This means that Jose Mourinho’s team have given up the suppose advantage of playing the second leg at home.

Arsenal will face Olympiacos at home in their second leg, however, they were knocked out by the Greek side in last year’s competition at the previous stage again at the Emirates. Therefore, whether or not an advantage truly exists is purely theoretical.

Sokratis targets Arsenal weaknesses

When Arsenal face Olympiacos in the last 16 of the Europa League they will come up against their former defender Sokratis. The Greek international and former Borussia Dortmund centre-half left Arsenal in January after the termination of his contract, having failed to earn a spot in Mikel Arteta’s squad so far this season.

Speaking ahead of the clash between the familiar foes, Sokratis said that he and his side will be looking to exploit the weaknesses which were exposed in the Greek team’s win last season.

“It is something special because until a month ago I was with them. I think it will be a difficult game. Arsenal are a very big team,’ said Sokratis. ‘We have to be focused during both games to repeat last year,” he said.

Arsenal force Spurs to give up home advantage in the Europa League last 16

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal FC during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

“There are no big differences because he is the same coach. More or less it is the same team with two or three additions. It is a team with great quality, but there are also areas we can hit to harm them.”

Arsenal’s season hugely hinges on their success in the Europa League and could be there only route into qualifying for a European competition considering their poor league form.

Arteta and Arsenal want to avoid a repeat of last season and take a comfortable victory in their away trip to Greece in a week’s time.

Man City handed advantage in Premier League title race following Man United’s Anfield stalemate

As Sokratis heads for Arsenal exit door, Rob Holding primed for new contract


Arsenal betting odds, next game:

Burnley vs Arsenal odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers

Arsenal’s latest videos

Nan with the header & Laura's prediction comes true | Leicester City 1-3 Arsenal | Gooners React

Nan with the header & Laura’s prediction comes true | Leicester City 1-3 Arsenal | Gooners React

Join Nan, Beau, Laura and Tod as they react to our 3-1 victory over…

2021-03-01T19:01:57Z

HIGHLIGHTS | Aston Villa vs Arsenal (0-4) | McCabe with an unstoppable strike!

HIGHLIGHTS | Aston Villa vs Arsenal (0-4) | McCabe with an unstoppable strike!

We returned to winning ways in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with a…

2021-03-01T14:01:38Z

Arsenal latest news

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 26 36 62
2 Manchester United FC 26 21 50
3 Leicester City FC 26 15 49
4 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
5 Chelsea FC 26 16 44
6 Liverpool FC 26 13 43
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 14 39
9 Aston Villa FC 24 12 39
10 Arsenal FC 26 7 37
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 26 -6 34
13 Crystal Palace FC 26 -14 33
14 Southampton FC 25 -12 30
15 Burnley FC 26 -16 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 26 -7 26
17 Newcastle United FC 26 -17 26
18 Fulham FC 26 -11 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 26 -35 17
20 Sheffield United FC 26 -28 11
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7

Source: 101greatgoals.com