Agbonlahor: Arsenal 'missing out on millions' after official statement
Arsenal would have lost out on “millions” if they played their Europa League game with PSV Eindhoven behind closed doors, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker delivered his verdict after the visit of PSV was postponed.
Arsenal confirmed via a statement on Monday (12 September) that the Europa League game scheduled for Thursday (15 September) was postponed.
After discussions between both clubs, Uefa and the Police the decision was made.
The strain on police resources and organisation created by the events around the death of Queen Elizabeth II meant there was no other option than to postpone the game.
Football.London reported on Monday (12 September) that Arsenal explored the possibility of reversing the fixture as well as playing it behind closed doors at the Emirates.
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It is claimed that with so many fans having booked travel and accommodation that it was thought this could also create a security risk.
“Sometimes, you think, is money involved?” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Would they be losing out on money if they played behind closed doors? Are Arsenal missing out on millions if they don’t have fans?
“I understand why it’s not being played. If it’s not safe enough, opposition fans coming over can sometimes look for trouble so you need to think about that.
“I hoped it was on for Arsenal but you can understand if the police are not available.”
PSV Eindhoven were expected to bring 3,000 away fans to the Emirates.
Arsenal are next in action on Sunday (18 September) when they travel to Brentford and the game has a new kick-off time of 12:15.