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Arsenal to benefit from Champions League rule change & placement of home fixtures

Arsenal set to benefit ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

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Arsenal qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in seven years last season as they finished second, only behind Manchester City.

Arsenal are set to have one of their biggest transfer windows in the clubs history as Mikel Arteta looks to add some much needed quality in depth to his side with the addition of Champions League nights back at the Emirates next season. As well as adding some Champions League experience to a very young Arsenal team.

Arsenal are currently pursing deals for Declan Rice and Kai Havertz this summer ahead of a return to Europe’s biggest stage next season.

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Arsenal are expected to significantly benefit from a Champions League rule change which was implemented in 2021. While Mikel Arteta is looking to add depth to his side, he’ll also be compensated for the games by UEFA. BT Sport’s prime time slot has since moved to 7:45pm on Saturday’s if one team involved has played a Wednesday night Champions League fixture.

This means the Gunners are set to get an improved amount of rest in between mid-week Champions League games and weekend Premier League games which can only be a positive for Mikel Arteta. If Arsenal play on Wednesday night, the earliest their fixture can be on the weekend is 7:45pm on Saturday, as well as possibly being placed on Sunday as well.

The 2023/24 Premier League fixtures were released in full today where Arsenal found out their opponents for the upcoming season. Interestingly Arsenal play every game at home after their six Champions League group stage matches between the months of September and November which can only be another benefit for Mikel Arteta and his team. The less travelling the better.

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