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Arsenal to change stadium name for Champions League clash with Bayern Munich due to little-known rule

Arsenal to change stadium name for Champions League clash with Bayern Munich due to little-known rule

Arsenal host Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday night.

Arsenal have been forced their change their stadium name for Tuesday night's Champions League quarter-final clash with Bayern Munich.

Arsenal head into the match in an unfamiliar position as favourites against Bayern, despite losing their last three matches with the German giants 5-1.

Mikel Arteta's side are currently top of Premier League, above Liverpool on goal difference, while Bayern are second in the Bundesliga – 16 points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Arsenal will have high hopes of winning Tuesday night's match in London, with the reverse fixture to come in Bavaria on April 17.

UEFA has banned Bayern supporters from attending to the first leg as punishment for throwing fireworks onto the pitch in their 3-1 win at Lazio in the previous round of the competition.

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However, a significant number of German supporters are believed to have travelled to London for the match.

Most of those travelling fans would assume the match will be hosted at the Emirates, but the stadium will in fact be called a completely different name for the Champions League clash.

In European competition, the ground is simply named the Arsenal Stadium because of a little-known UEFA rule.

European football's governing body does not recognise stadium sponsors under their specific rules regarding sponsorships.

This also impacts fellow Premier League side Manchester City, with the Etihad listed under its original name of The City of Manchester Stadium for European games.

UEFA's sponsorship rules have also led to teams having to alter their names to comply.

For instance, Austria's Red Bull Salzburg are known as FC Salzburg in European competition and use a modified crest to adhere to the strict regulations.

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The Emirates will use a different name on Tuesday night (Image: Alamy)
The Emirates will use a different name on Tuesday night (Image: Alamy)

Arsenal have never beaten a German side in the knockout stages of the Champions League and manager Arteta will be hoping that run finally comes to an end against a wounded Bayern, who could lose their Bundesliga title this weekend.

Arteta is hoping the home support at the Emirates, or the Arsenal Stadium as it will be known on Tuesday, will help his players secure a vital win in the first leg.

"I see the energy change in the players," he said of the atmosphere this season.

"Their belief, their body language, actually how much they are looking forward to it, how protected they feel. It's like a cushion there to tell them, and a wind blowing on their backs, ­saying: 'Go for it, we are right behind you.'

"And you can sense it. When we are able to do that at home it is ­extraordinary. The changes, you feel things in your body, and [tonight] we have to feel that. We have to be ready for every ball."

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Topics: Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Champions League, UEFA, Football