SUPPORTERS have only just realised that Arsenal’s stadium has undergone a temporary name change… and it’s down to a little-known Uefa rule.
The Gunners have made their Champions League return tonight following a six-year absence tonight.
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Arsenal’s 60,704-seater home has been called the same thing ever since they moved there in 2006.
However, due to the rules regarding sponsorships in Uefa competitions, it will have to be referred to differently throughout the Champions League.
Instead, it will be called the “Arsenal Stadium”.
Uefa do not recognise stadium sponsors and the Gunners are not the only club to have been forced into making a change.
Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is called the “City of Manchester Stadium” too.
But after such a lengthy-absence from Europe’s top club tournament, some supporters were taken by surprise.
“Have we moved home,” asked one fan on social media.
“Where’s this game at,” wrote another bemused Gooner.
However, some seemed to like it as another added: “Arsenal Stadium… great ring to it!”
While another said: “Sounds much more homely.”
Despite some confusion regarding the name, it did not stop Arsenal from making a blistering start to life back in the Champions League as Bukayo Saka fired them ahead on eight minutes.
And it got even better moments later when Leandro Trossard doubled the advantage.