This is being described as a “precautionary measure” with several Gunners players in self-isolation after Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis contracted the deadly virus.
This virus has already cancelled so many events that football fans are worried that they might have to miss the end of the season. However, they aren’t the only ones missing out as every industry has to adjust to the new virus lockdowns.
From the F1 season being postponed to authors having to do book blog tours instead of visiting cities to rumours of school closures to general restrictions, most people are having to deal with changes so it’s important for football fans to remember we’re in the same boat as everyone else. If the season is cancelled then the Premier League, just like everyone else, will have to bounce back stronger after it’s all blown over.
Arsenal say he met a number of their players when the Greek side visited the Emirates in a Europa League match two weeks ago.
Olympiakos will host Wolves in the Europa League on Thursday after Uefa rejected Wolves’ request for the last-16 first-leg match to be postponed.
Olympiakos say their players, board members and staff that were tested for coronavirus had returned negative results.
The Premier League says it has no plans to postpone any other matches and “all necessary measures are being taken”.
Arsenal’s statement read: “Following yesterday’s news that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has recently contracted Covid-19, we have been taking medical advice and tracing any individuals who had what the guidelines define as close contact with him at the game 13 days ago.
“As a result of this exercise we identified that a number of players met the Olympiacos owner immediately following the game.
“The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low. 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.
“We fully understand how disappointing this is for our supporters, in particular those who were travelling to Manchester for tonight’s match. Tickets will be valid for the match when it’s rearranged.
“As a further precautionary measure, whilst we do not believe there was any close contact with any other Arsenal guests or staff in the directors box restaurant, we are contacting them to advise they should follow the relevant advice if there has been any such contact.
“Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Mr Marinakis a swift recovery and we look forward to the players and staff returning to work on Friday in preparation for our match at Brighton.”
Fans gave their reaction as the Premier League match gets postponed due to coronavirus fears…
Why not just take a vote from all the clubs on cancelling the league, start again from next season as everything was when this season started?
– ? Totally Man Utd™ ? (@TotallyMUFC) March 11, 2020
Arsenal players could’ve gave the coronavirus to the Portsmouth and West Ham players too…
– Tom ?? (@CarIoMagnifico_) March 11, 2020
Exactly, so if the fa have cancelled the arsenal/city game, if wolves play olympiakos on Thursday, surely the fa have to postpone west ham/wolves on sunday?
– Lee Hutchinson (@leemhutchinson) March 11, 2020
Instead, the team played with corona virus and still beat your team ??
– Wayne Quinn (@WazzaQuinn) March 11, 2020
what about forest and millwall, he was at that game. Can’t see how this season finishes on time, if at all
– Ed Salinger?? (@sfawcrh) March 11, 2020
If that is the case why has Wolves got to play there Europa league match when they asked to cancel for the exact same reasons by Uefa?
– Chris (@cpj93070) March 11, 2020
– Lake91 (@CLaker91) March 11, 2020
Clear difference between how UEFA views a situation vs the Premier League ??????
– Andy Roden ? (@andyroden) March 11, 2020
Absolutely all about money, greedy organisation that couldn’t care less about our players and staff welfare.
– Chrissycrowe (@Chrissycrowe1) March 11, 2020
Watching BBC News and they keep describing the Arsenal thing as ‘the good news is their isolation period ends Friday and they will play Brighton.’ Noone on the show has mentioned they played Portsmouth and West Ham inbetween. Am I missing something? How is that isolation?
– TJD (@ThomasJDesign) March 11, 2020
But since playing Olympiacos, Arsenal have played Portsmouth and West Ham. And since playing Arsenal, Portsmouth has played Peterborough and Fleetwood…. https://t.co/eK8eYrc2HO
– GavinWA (@GAV_GWA) March 11, 2020