The restart date of the Premier League is set to be pushed back beyond April 30 during a meeting of all 20 teams later today.
It’s been a strange few weeks for teams all throughout world football, and that’s certainly true for the English Premier League. It seemed as if they were ready to push forward with putting on games, despite other leagues around the globe postponing or suspending their seasons.
Then, after it was revealed that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had tested positive for COVID-19, a decision was finally made to call things off for the time being.
At one stage it was postponed until the start of April, before it was then pushed back to the end of the month. Now, it’s looking increasingly likely that an announcement will be made today regarding a brand new date. Some have suggested the end of May or beginning of June, whereas others believe it’ll be put down as an “indefinite” suspension.
In truth, there’s not a whole lot to be said about this that hasn’t already been said. These are unprecedented times that we’re living through right now, with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic going far beyond football, and in reality, beyond all of sport.
Over one million cases have now been reported worldwide with more than 50,000 deaths being confirmed around the world. As the weeks and months go on those two figures are going to rise dramatically, once again proving that this isn’t a case of people flipping out for the sake of it. It’s okay to be concerned, and it’s okay to want to fight back.
Football is a great release for us all but in such desperate times, all we can really do is sit back and see what is said by the higher-ups regarding when it will actually return. We all hope the answer is “sooner rather than later”, but nobody knows for sure.
Arsenal fans will take comfort in knowing that Arteta appears to have fully recovered, and they’ll also take comfort in knowing that the football community has largely reacted really well to this turn of events.
We hope you’re all staying safe out there and are looking after each other, and one day soon, we’ll be able to get back to talking about the weekly fixtures and what comes next for the Gunners.
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