Arsenal could see their Europa League quarter final tie reversed should they and Chelsea both draw home ties on Friday.
The Gunners overcame Rennes on Thursday while the Blues battered Dynamo Kiev to book their spot in the last-8 of this season’s competition.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea can face any of Napoli, Valencia, Villarreal, Benfica, Valencia, Eintracht Frankfurt, Slavia Prague or of course each other in the next round.
But should they both draw home ties in the first leg of their two-match quarter final then a problem occurs – and Arsenal will be put at a slight disadvantage.
The reason for this is that local authorities in the UK will not allow two European matches of this magnitude to be played in London on the same night.
Arsenal will therefore have to reverse their draw in accordance with the UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles and play their first leg away from home, which historically makes things a little harder to qualify.
The Gunners have been selected to switch their fixture over Chelsea’s because the Blues won the FA Cup last season, which gives them a higher priority over Arsenal.
Of course, should one team draw an away tie first then this scenario will be avoided.