Poor old Arsenal won’t be competing in the Champions League this week.
Instead, the Gunners will be up against Swedish side Ostersunds in the Europa League, in what is affectionately known in Sweden as Vinterstaden – the Winter City.
So, yeah, it’s pretty cold there.
In fact, it’s so famously cold there that the club have offered Arsenal a little insight into what they can expect when they arrive at the Jamtkraft Arena on Thursday.
Take a look at this.
We’re not sure if they’re serious or not, but that is apparently the club’s locker rooms.
The temperature in Ostersund is currently well below zero, with the February average anything between -2C and -9C.
Current forecasts suggest it could be around -4C on match-day, which is just short of the UEFA guidelines threshold of -15C.
The Gunners will certainly be up against it.
They’ve won just five matches away from home this season, with two coming in the Europa League.
Their disappointing North London derby defeat to Spurs at the weekend will also cause concern for manager Arsene Wenger, especially with the out-of-sorts Alexandre Lacazette his main striker available for the competition.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is annoyingly ineligible, as his former club Borussia Dortmund are also in the last 32, while the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott were carted out of the club in January.
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