Arsenal Football Club has cancelled plans to resume training tomorrow, 24th March, following the covid-19 scare, saying it would be “inappropriate and irresponsible” to do so.
The men’s first-team squad was set to resume training this week after completing their 14-day self-isolation period following head coach Mikel Arteta testing positive for the coronavirus.
A statement on the English Premier League club’s website said: “Our men’s first-team players were scheduled to return to training on Tuesday (March 24) after completing the 14-day isolation following Mikel Arteta’s positive diagnosis for the virus.
“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.”
The club also confirmed that it will continue to pay all casual workers.
“We will continue to pay matchday and non-matchday casual workers on our payroll up to April 30, 2020.
“This gesture reflects our gratitude to them and our desire to ease their financial concerns during this challenging period.
“This will be reviewed once the relevant authorities have made a further decision on when football can resume. All football is currently suspended until at least April 30,” said the club.
The managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, said: “We are truly grateful for the outstanding efforts of all our staff across the club every day. We rely on their tireless service to provide a first-class experience for our fans, on matchdays and non-matchdays.
“These are challenging times for everyone, but in particular our casual workers. This gesture is intended to ease their financial uncertainty while football is currently suspended to April 30.
“We look forward to welcoming football back to Emirates Stadium as soon as possible.”