Arsenal have confirmed that players and staff will not be tested for coronavirus unless they show symptoms.
In the early hours of this morning, it was announced that tonight’s game against Manchester City had been called off and that the players will spend the next 48 hours in self-isolation.
The decision to take such drastic measures came after Olympiacos’ owner (and also the owner of Nottingham Forest), Evangelos Marinakis, revealed that he had contracted the virus.
Marinakis had contact with Arsenal players in the tunnel at the Emirates after watching his side knock us out of the Europa League 13 days ago. The BBC report that only five players are actually affected.
With government advice telling people to self-isolate for 14 days after potential contact with the virus, those affected, which includes staff who sat near Marinakis in the directors’ box, will stay at home until Thursday. Presumably, the five players will resume training on Friday as we prepare for Saturday’s trip to Brighton.
When for clarification on the testing situation, an Arsenal spokesperson said: “We’re following the guidelines. Tests done when symptoms display.”