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Heart of Football: Will the Saints go marching out of the Premier League?

When Arsenal started this year, their 21st under Arsene Wenger, nobody foresaw them having to go to Moscow at a time of such poisoned East-West relations to save their season.

The team will travel with a 4-1 lead but, given the racism that is prevalent in Russian football, Arsenal's players might well be subjected to monkey chants on the field. And, despite assurances that the safety of travelling fans is top priority, it will take brave - or foolish - Gooners to show their colours in the Russian capital on Thursday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Will the Saints go marching out of the Premier League?'. Print Edition | Subscribe