Amid a diplomatic crisis between Russia and the UK over the use of a nerve agent in Salisbury to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Arsenal have drawn CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals.
The first leg will be played at the Emirates on April 5th and then Arsène Wenger’s side are set to travel to Russia for the return fixture on the 12th.
A statement on the club website says fans should follow travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
Due to heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia, you should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment at this time; you’re advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publicly on political developments; while the British Embassy in Moscow is not aware of any increased difficulties for British people travelling in Russia at this time, you should follow the security and political situation closely and keep up to date with this travel advice.
These were the best jokes as Arsenal drew CSKA Moscow in Europa League quarter-finals:
Fun fact: the last time Arsenal played CSKA Moscow in London, the match was attended by Andrei Lugovoi. Who earlier that day, had met Alexander Litvinenko and allegedly slipped polonium in his tea. Traces of polonium were later found at the stadium during the investigation
— Chris Applegate (@chrisapplegate) March 16, 2018
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow: The Corbyn Derby pic.twitter.com/N0vWjFDUpO
— LateTackleMagazine (@LateTackle) March 16, 2018
Arsenal have already started training for their clash with CSKA Moscow pic.twitter.com/oQg4mxLmbs
— Football Burp ⚽ (@FootballBurp) March 16, 2018
And when, I asked, her why she wore that yellow chemical and uranium protective boiler suit. She said it's Cos of Putin and we're going to decontamination. Decontamination, decontamination. We're the famous arsenal and we're going to decontamination
— Ryan (@rpbN7) March 16, 2018
— Jim Beglin (@jimbeglin) March 16, 2018
Tensions between London and Moscow have escalated. The new Cold War will soon be upon us. Only Arsenal can unite the two nations. The Russian connection. pic.twitter.com/LhtE7pM43W
— Dostoyevsky (@KozielloEN) March 16, 2018
The Russians think they know about toxic atmospheres…but they haven’t seen the Arsenal fan base after a naive European away defeat. ☠️
— Moh Haider (@ArsenalMoh8) March 16, 2018
— SUSAN SMITH 1 (@SmithLeedsUtd) March 16, 2018
Robbie from Arsenal TV has been found dead with his skin peeled off and a mop pole up his anus in a backstreet in Moscow. More to follow
— FABINHO LAD (@ROUNDTHEBEND__) March 16, 2018
Just seen Arsenal have been drawn against CSKA Moscow. The last thing we need is that lot from @ArsenalFanTV in Moscow making diplomatic realations worse than they already are. "You hearing me fam!"
— BermondseyBoy (@Bermondsey1885) March 16, 2018
Arsenal players arriving at the Moscow Airport: pic.twitter.com/yAubKs3Mqw
— chief (@aliladiere) March 16, 2018
Hello @theresa_may, I’m not sure if you know yet, but Arsenal have been drawn against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League, could you please stop any conflict with the Russians until we have at least been out there, much appreciated.
— MR DT © (@MrDtAFC) March 16, 2018
Arsenal fans and Russians, the two biggest threats to democratic voting.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) March 16, 2018
After drawing CSKA Moscow in the Europa League, Arsenal confirm they're taking extra precautions: pic.twitter.com/RnLjskXOYc
— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) March 16, 2018
Arsenal unveil new away kit for trip to Moscow! pic.twitter.com/N8Alh1u899
— Knobmoomin (@Knobmoomin) March 16, 2018
Russian hooligans to use Arsenal's travelling supporters as a pre World Cup training session. Confidence booster.
— RG (@registability) March 16, 2018
Absolute nightmare for Arsenal fan TV when the head of the CSKA Ultras is chasing Mr DT around Moscow like Liam Neeson in Taken and they’re uploading videos like the fucking Blair Witch Project
— Ant Campbell (@acampbell68) March 16, 2018
How Arsenal will line up on the 12th April v CSKA Moscow pic.twitter.com/J6LaF7QpPo
— 🔴⚪️Gooner Kev⚪️🔴 (@kevdavis736) March 16, 2018