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‘Stay home and save lives’ – Arsenal cancel return to training

Club says it would be 'inappropriate and irresponsible' to ask players to go back to London Colney during coronavirus pandemic

23 March, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

ARSENAL have cancelled plans to return to training this week, telling players to remain at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Players and backroom staff were forced into a 14-day self-isolation period after head coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for Covid-19.

That spell in quarantine is now over, and the men’s first-team squad were due back at London Colney tomorrow (Tuesday).

However, that has now been postponed, with players being told to “stay at home and save lives.”

Arsenal said in a statement: “As a result of the current situation we are clear it would be inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time.

“Therefore our men’s first team, women and academy players are all remaining at home. Stay at home and save lives.”

Arteta’s diagnosis earlier this month led to Arsenal’s Premier League match against Brighton, scheduled for March 14, being postponed, quickly followed by the rest of England’s top-flight fixtures.

It has since been decided that English football will not return until April 30 “at the earliest”, but the 2019/20 season will be extended indefinitely with clubs desperate to complete the current campaign.

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