Further to an earlier report in The Athletic (£) by James and David Ornstein, it has been confirmed that Arsenal have withdrawn from the Florida Cup after a number of positive cases in the travelling party, including some players.
🚨 EXCL: Arsenal pre-season tour to USA cancelled because of #COVID19 cases in #AFC camp. Small number of positives in travelling party, all asymptomatic. Club working through alternate plans as virus wreaks more havoc ahead of new PL season @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/vUi7ElyuYZ
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 20, 2021
The Gunners had been due to face Inter Milan on Sunday and then one of Everton or Millonarios on Wednesday. It had been reported on Monday that the Italian side had asked to withdraw, but it then appeared as if they would travel.
However, rising Covid cases in the UK have had an impact, the Arsenal ‘bubble’ has been pricked, and the trip has been cancelled.
In a statement released this evening, Arsenal America confirmed that the club had informed them of the decision to withdraw:
— Arsenal America (@arsenalamerica) July 20, 2021
Commiserations to our many fans across the US who had made plans to attend, for it to be cancelled this late is gutting. Here’s hoping we can get back to the kind of normal world soon where events like this can go off without a hitch.