Arsenal have been forced to cancel their pre-season tour in the USA due to positive COVID-19 tests in the club, according to David Ornstein and James McNicholas of The Athletic.
Apparently, a small number of those who were supposed to travel across the Atlantic have tested positive for the notorious virus that has been disrupting lives around the globe for over 18 months now. And on this occasion, it has obviously disrupted the Gunners’ plans for the summer preparations ahead of the upcoming season.
Mikel Arteta’s team were supposed to face Inter Milan in at the Florida Cup on July 25, and then potentially take on the winner of the other match, between Everton and Colombian side Millonarios FC. Now, however, other arrangements will have to be made.
Ornstein and McNicholas report that the Toffees haven’t changed their own agenda as of yet and are still planning to be in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Everton have issues of their own, of a different and very serious nature. The Merseyside Blues have confirmed that they’ve suspended a first-team player pending a police investigation and have offered their full cooperation to the authorities in the matter. The name of the player has not been disclosed, for obvious legal reasons, nor the offence he is being charged with, and Everton say they won’t be making any further comments at this point. On the other hand, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said that a man had been arrested on Friday on suspicion of child sex offences, and is now on “police bail pending further enquiries”.