Arsenal cancel training

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Arsenal have cancelled plans to resume training on Tuesday, 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, 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,” read the statement.

Arteta’s diagnosis earlier this month led to the postponement of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Brighton, before the rest of England’s top-flight fixtures were suspended, originally until April 4 and then extended to April 30.

By Ofhani Munyai

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