Arsenal’s game with Man City this evening has been postponed due to fears of the spread of the Coronavirus.
Yesterday, the Olympiacos owner (and also the owner of Nottingham Forest), Evangelos Marinakis, revealed he had contracted the virus.
He was present at the Europa League game between the two sides at the Emirates Stadium on February 27th, and had contact with players and staff at that time.
Although none have reportedly shown symptoms, this evening’s game has been called off as a precautionary measure.
In a statement announcing the news, Arsenal also revealed that the players would remain at home in self-isolation until the 14 day period associated with the disease expired.
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.
Work is expected to continue as normal on Friday as we prepare for our clash with Brighton on Saturday.
It’s not ideal preparation, but this is something that has to be taken seriously by everyone. Let’s hope that there’s nothing more serious for anyone concerned as a result and that everybody affected recovers.