Arsenal players ‘in self-isolation’ as Manchester City game postponed due to coronavirus
Gunners' Premier League match away to Brighton on Saturday still set to go ahead despite COVID-19 fears
11 March, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
ARSENAL’S trip to Manchester City tonight (Wednesday) has been postponed as coronavirus starts to impact the Premier League.
It emerged that a number of Gunners players are in “self-isolation” after coming into contact with Olympiakos owner, Evangelos Marinakis, following their recent Europa League round-of-32 meeting in London on February 27.
Marinakis, who also owns Championship side Nottingham Forest, confirmed on Tuesday that he has contracted Covid-19.
Arsenal said the risk to their players was “extremely low” but they would follow medical guidelines.
“The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing COVID-19 at extremely low,” the club said in a statement.
“However, we are strictly following 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.
“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.”
The Premier League says it has no plans to postpone any other matches and “all necessary measures are being taken”.
Brighton host Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, and say the game “remains scheduled to go ahead as planned”. The Seagulls added: “The risk is considered extremely low with the self-isolation period for those players ending on Thursday.”