‘You’re advised to remain vigilant’ – Arsenal statement to fans planning on going to Europa League tie at CSKA Moscow

Arsenal insist they will prioritise the safety of their supporters after being drawn to play CSKA Moscow in the Europa League.
The tie comes against the backdrop of heightened diplomatic tensions between the British government and the Kremlin over the poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent in Salisbury earlier this month.
The Gunners will host the first leg of the quarter-final tie on April 5 before travelling to the Russian capital on April 12 for the return game.
There have been plenty of calls in recent days for England to boycott this summer’s World Cup in Russia and similar opinions on Arsenal’s travels can be expected.
Arsenal beat AC Milan 5-1 on aggregate to make the last eight, with Friday’s draw pitting them against CSKA – who had come from behind to knock Lyon out.

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