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 made their Champions League return in stunning fashion tonight following a six-year absence as they thumped PSV 4-0.

Champions League football returned to the Emirates Stadium tonight


Champions League football returned to the Emirates Stadium tonightCredit: Getty
Fans were baffled by the Emirates Stadium name change


Fans were baffled by the Emirates Stadium name changeCredit: PA

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.

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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.

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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.

Leandro Trossard made it two after 20 minutes and man of the match Gabriel Jesus added a third before the break.

Captain Martin Odegaard then sealed the 4-0 victory in the second half to cap a memorable night.

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