At this point in the football calendar every year, things tend to wind down to the point where we’re always on the verge of saying goodbye to domestic football for a few months. In that sense, it’s intriguing, because every two years – including in 2020 – we should’ve been looking forward to an international tournament in the form of UEFA Euro 2020. As we all know, though, those plans have been shelved for the time being.
Alas, ever since it was announced that the German Bundesliga would be returning to action, questions have been raised regarding when the English Premier League can do the same thing. Clubs from up and down the league have pleaded with officials to let them know more, with the latest rumblings indicating that we could be looking at a June return.
From an ethical standpoint, there is clearly a substantial risk attached to going down this route. The United Kingdom has been the second worse affected country in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it doesn’t appear as if that trend is going to slow down anytime soon. Still, football is football and it serves as a pretty important part of the economy for the country, and that appears to be the priority for the government moving forward.
Beyond that, however, one of the biggest sources of controversy with this whole thing has been the response to the idea of bringing football back. We’ve already seen six people test positive across three top flight clubs, and with players such as Troy Deeney and Sergio Aguero voicing their concerns over coming back, there are going to be some real problems if we get to a point where players – and even whole clubs – are unable to fulfill their necessary fixtures.
If and when things get going again you can bet Arsenal will try and hit the ground running, because really, what else have they got to lose? Even if they don’t end up in Europe next season many fans have already viewed that as a positive, in a weird way, as the distraction of the Europa League will no longer be present.
Before we’re even able to think about Mikel Arteta getting a full transfer window to work with this summer, though, we first have to wait and see whether or not it’s even possible to complete the campaign in its current form.
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