Arsenal vs PSV

Thursday night’s UEFA Europa League fixture between Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven at the Emirates Stadium has been postponed.

UEFA confirmed the game will be pushed back because of ‘severe limitations on police resources’ in London due to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. 

It raises the possibility that further top-level matches to be played in the capital over the weekend will also be called off for the same reason.

‘UEFA today announced that the UEFA Europa League tie between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven, originally to be played on Thursday 15 September, has been postponed with a new date to be communicated in due course.

The Queen’s funeral will be held on Monday but the weekend will see a number of other events as part of the nationwide 10 days of mourning.

Other Premier League games set to be staged in the city over the weekend include Chelsea vs Liverpool and Brentford vs Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, plus Tottenham vs Leicester City on Saturday evening.

All football matches in the United Kingdom were postponed over the weekend just passed as a mark of respect following the 96-year-old monarch’s passing on Thursday.

The EFL announced its full programme of games set for Tuesday and Wednesday this week will go ahead as planned.

Likewise, Chelsea’s Champions League fixture against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday will be played. 

But matches in London and elsewhere across the country over the weekend are at risk with police forces stretched. 

Arsenal vs PSV

The high-risk Premier League game between Manchester United and Leeds United at Old Trafford on Sunday is one such fixture. 

There will be serious concerns over when any postponed games can be rescheduled for amid an already packed calendar because of November’s World Cup in Qatar.

All six group matches in the three European competitions are being squeezed into two months ahead of the start of the tournament.