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Europa League Round of 32 draws: Arsenal Get BATE Borisov AS UEFA Shift Kick Off Time And Date

Arsenal have been drawn against Belarusian side, BATE Borisov in the round of 32 of the Europa League.,

The Gunners who finished top in their Group E will face the Borisov who finished as runner-up behind Chelsea in Group L and will host Arsenal in the first leg of the round of 32.
BATE were semi-finalist last season losing  2-1 to Atletico Madrid.

However, UEFA altered the date and kick-off time for the  Gunners game

UEFA  altered the date and kick-off time of Arsenal’s Europa League last-32 fixture against BATE Borisov at the Emirates Stadium – with the game now slated to begin at 5.55pm on Thursday, 21 February 2019.

The original announcement from governing body UEFA that the game would be played a day earlier and begin at 5 pm was widely criticised by Arsenal fans and supporters’ groups.

Both Arsenal and London rivals Chelsea topped their respective groups and will, therefore, play their second legs at home – with UEFA rules stipulating the pair cannot play in the city on the same night, Mailonline reported.

In UEFA’s initial statement they said the Arsenal game would kick-off at 5 pm on a Wednesday – but when the official fixture list was circulated it fell into line with the other second-leg ties which will kick-off early on a Thursday.

Lois Langton, chair of the Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association, believes the original decision showed a disregard for fans planning to attend the game against BATE – and that the alteration of kick-off time by 55 minutes will still cause some to miss out.

‘The announcement that the home leg of Arsenal’s round of 32 ties will see a 5 pm kick-off shows the scant regard UEFA holds for match-attending supporters and will undoubtedly impact on the attendance figures,’ she said ahead of UEFA’s decision to alter its plans.

‘The right and proper course of action are to restore the match too when it should be played – at 8 pm on a Thursday evening.’

Chelsea will play Swedish club, Malmo in the round of 16 draws and will also play away February 14.

EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND OF 32 DRAWS

Viktoria Plzen vs Dinamo Zagreb

Brugge vs Salzburg

Rapid Vienna vs Inter Milan

Slavia Prague vs Genk

Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen

Zurich vs Napoli

Malmo vs Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Celtic vs Valencia

Rennes vs Real Betis

Olympiacos vs Dinamo Kiev

Lazio vs Sevilla

Fenerbahce vs Zenit St Petersburg

Sporting Lisbon vs Villarreal

BATE Borisov vs Arsenal

Galatasaray vs Benfica

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