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Arsenal’s preparations for their Champions League tie at Lens were heavily disrupted after storms in the south of England caused their flight to be delayed by nearly five hours.

Mikel Arteta and his squad were waiting in the private terminal at Luton airport well into Monday evening after their plane, which had been due to depart at 4.15pm, was grounded because of adverse weather. They eventually flew just after 9pm.

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