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.
“In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.”
Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.
In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.”
Yesterday (Thursday) evening, the club confirmed that manager Mikel Arteta had received a positive test result for COVID-19. Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira is also a confirmed case, as is Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. Players from several other clubs have also reported symptoms of the virus which has been affecting people around the world for some time.
Arsenal were scheduled to play against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex stadium on Saturday, but that, of course, will now not take place. We join Mr. Masters in wishing the boss and anyone else infected a speedy recovery.