Arsenal's game at Man City postponed as Gunners go into self-isolation

Players & staff had contact with the Olympiacos president, who has coronavirus

Evangelos Marinakis ha dado positivo por coronavirus
Evangelos Marinakis ha dado positivo por coronavirus | sport

Wednesday's Premier League game between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium is the latest to fall victim to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Arsenal's players and staff came into contact with the Olympiacos president, Evangelos Marinakis, recently when the two teams met in the Europa League on Feb. 27. Marinakis, who also owns English side Nottingham Forest, has since tested positive for covid-19. 

The Gunners, therefore, have taken the decision to self-isolate and their game against Pep Guardiola's side has been postponed. 

"The medical advice we have received puts the risk of [the players] developing covid-19 at extremely low," Arsenal said.

"However, we are strictly following the government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact. 

"As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight's match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed.

"The players will remain at their homes until the 14-day period expires. Four Arsenal staff -- who were sitting close to Mr Marinakis during the match - will also remain at home until the 14 days are complete."

The London club said that none of the players had displayed symptoms but that they had to follow medical advice. 


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