Arsenal’s next two matches are at risk of being postponed due to policing issues following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. The long-serving monarch’s funeral will take place on 19 September at Westminster Abbey, with the United Kingdom in mourning until that point.
All football at every level was postponed this weekend by the FA to pay respect to the Queen, and fears are growing that that could be the case for the second consecutive weekend for Premier League sides. However, Arsenal could see their midweek Europa League match against PSV is also at risk of being moved to a later date, says The Telegraph.
They say that UEFA are confident that European matches will go ahead – after the match Rangers vs Napoli was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday – though are sceptical about Arsenal’s tie. The underlying issue behind most postponements is policing fears, given the immense amount of people travelling to London, and that remains the case for the match at the Emirates Stadium four days before the funeral.
Next weekend, it is games set to take place in London that are the most at risk of being cancelled, though resolutions are being considered. The Athletic report that the Premier League are keen to explore different resolutions before postponements are announced, with London-based clubs who are due to play at home becoming the away side.
However, Brentford are hosting Arsenal that weekend, and that resolution won’t be a significant help. Speaking about whether matches will go ahead, a spokesperson for the National Chiefs Council said: “Since the passing of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the UK has activated a national policing operation.
“UK Policing is working closely with other organisations to ensure that events are held safely and with the appropriate security. Following the decisions of the Premier League and English Football League to cancel this weekend’s matches, we will work with football clubs to try and ensure that.