And we’re back. Well, nearly.
According to The Telegraph (£), the Premier League will restart after its three-month hiatus with Arsenal travelling to face Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday 17 June.
The fixture has already been postponed twice this year; first because Pep Guardiola’s side reached the Carabao Cup final and then again when Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on 12 March.
The boss’ diagnosis proved to be a tipping point for English football with the Premier League swiftly cancelling the following round of fixtures. There hasn’t been a top-flight match since.
That we’re heading to the Etihad suggests the authorities’ preference for the final 92 games to be played on neutral grounds has been ignored.
Once we’re up and running again, the games will come thick and fast. On the same night we’re playing the reigning champions, Aston Villa will take on Sheffield United. It’s then expected that a full round of fixtures will be played the following weekend with Arsenal taking on Brighton at the Amex. The aim is to complete all league fixtures by 2 August.
It’s not clear at this point how FA Cup clashes will fit in. We’re due to face Sheffield United in the quarter-finals at some point.