In what could serve as a slice of good news for domestic football fans who are hoping to see their leagues finish over the course of the summer, it has been officially confirmed by UEFA that Euro 2020 is going to be postponed until summer 2021 – with the hope being that the leagues can, in fact, finish. The following statement was issued by UEFA and their president Aleksander Čeferin.
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Together with the FA, EFL and WSL, the Premier League has made the decision to postpone all matches until April 4, pending medical advice and other conditions which may arise by that time.
The full statement reads:
“Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19.
Following the news that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League is holding an emergency meeting this morning in order to discuss what is going to happen to the remainder of the fixtures this season.
Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi has also tested positive for the coronavirus, and as we look ahead to the immediate future, it seems as if this ripple effect is going to continue. The logical next step seems to be suspending the league for at least a few weeks, if not a month, before analysing what to do from that point on.
Arsenal Football Club has released a statement after it was confirmed that head coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result this evening.
Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution.
In an interview with the club’s official website, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he is happy at Arsenal.
The 30-year-old’s future was a subject of much speculation recently. Reports kept (and still keep) popping up about him being unhappy at the moment, and about him wanting Champions League football and trophies. He has been linked with Real Madrid, but even more so with Barcelona and Inter Milan.
Arsenal’s game against Manchester City tonight has been postponed due to several players and staff members coming into contact with the Olympiacos owner, who is known to have contracted the coronavirus.
The big concern for many is that Arsenal could now be forced to have a number of other games called off due to the fact that they have to quarantine for 14 days. They have a game against Burnley coming up at the weekend, and while this may all be redundant if the virus continues to spread as it has been doing, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that being called off, too.
Arsenal Football Club has announced that their game against Manchester City, previously scheduled for tonight, has officially been postponed. The following statement has been released to the public.
“Our Premier League match with Manchester City on Wednesday night has been postponed.
Following yesterday’s news that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has recently contracted Covid-19, we have been taking medical advice and tracing any individuals who had what the guidelines define as close contact with him at the game 13 days ago.
As a result of this exercise we identified that a number of players met the Olympiacos owner immediately following the game.
On whether we can beat City:
We’re going to go there trying to beat them, for sure. That’s going to be the game plan. We’ll put all the things we can on the pitch to make it difficult for them to create the scenarios during the game, and let’s see if we turn up on the day at our best and we can perform and win the game.
On qualifying for the Champions League:
I don’t know. It’s still a long way to go, we want to go game by game. Three weeks ago it was impossible, now it looks a little bit more possible, but still [it depends on] the results and our performances.
While many fans are excited that Arsenal could actually have a chance against Manchester City after seeing their performance against Manchester United this past weekend, it’s worth being a little bit cautious. This is still one of the best teams in world football, as proven by the fact that they’re the favourites to lift the European Cup this season.
Prior to the Gunners going head to head with City, manager Mikel Arteta spoke about the match and what he’s expecting to see.
On our unbeaten league run:
It’s only turning a corner in terms of results. A little bit in terms of the things I want to see from my team, but they were telling me now that ‘I’ve turned the ship around’, that ship still has to turn a few times more to see what we want to see. It’s part of the process, it doesn’t happen overnight, we are positive that we can keep going on this from the eight or nine weeks that we’ve been here. It will be down to the performances that we put in and it will be related to the results.