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Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV set to go ahead as planned | Football

The Gunners will host the Dutch side on Thursday night (Image: Getty)

Arsenal’s Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven is set to go ahead as planned after the north London club were given the green light by Met Police.

All of this weekend’s Premier League, EFL and even grassroots games have been postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, as well as Monday’s game between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.

There are also concerns about next weekend’s games as police issues surrounding the Queen’s funeral could further disrupt the football schedule.

It had also sparked question marks over Premier League sides’ participation in European competitions midweek, particularly those playing at home.

However, neither the government nor the Met Police have any problem with these games going ahead as planned.

According to the Evening Standard, the Met Police have told Arsenal they are “comfortable” with Thursday’s game against PSV in the Emirates and expect official confirmation over the weekend.

Chelsea are also home to Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with RB Salzburg, which is expected to go ahead as planned, as will Liverpool’s showdown with Ajax and Manchester City’s game with Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal's Europa League clash against PSV is set to go ahead despite the Premier League postponements

Midweek European games are expected to go ahead as scheduled (Image: Reuters)

Tottenham, West Ham and Manchester United all play away so their games will not be affected.

Arsenal, West Ham and United all played their European Cup games on Thursday night despite news of the Queen’s death, with UEFA insisting the games go ahead as many fans had already made their way to the stadiums.

Although most sports were suspended on Friday, cricket, rugby, horse racing and other events will return over the weekend with the decision to postpone football governed by the Football Association – of which the Queen was patron.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We and our clubs wish to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and steadfast service to our country.

“As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves an incredible legacy after a lifetime of dedication.

“This is an extremely sad time not only for the nation but for the millions of people around the world who came to admire her and we join everyone in mourning her passing.”

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