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Arteta Recovers but Arsenal Won't Return to Training

Arteta Recovers but Arsenal Won't Return to Training Photo: TT
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has recovered from coronavirus but the London club have announced they won’t be returning to training any time soon.

The Gunners were expected to resume training on Tuesday after players, coaches and officials were put in self isolation after Arteta tested positive to coronavirus.

The Premier League has been postponed until April 30 at the earliest, so any resumption would be well ahead of a return to action.

In an Arsenal statement, the club wrote: “As a result of the current situation, we are clear it would be inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time.

“Therefore our mens first team, women and academy players are all remaining at home.”

Arsenal announced they would continue to pay their casual matchday and non-matchday staff during the period up until the proposed April 30 resumption.

Club managing director Vinai Venkatesham added: “We are truly grateful for the outstanding efforts of all our staff across the club every day. We rely on their tireless service to provide a first-class experience for our fans, on matchdays and non-matchdays.

“These are challenging times for everyone, but in particular our casual workers. This gesture is intended to ease their financial uncertainty while football is currently suspended to April 30.

“We look forward to welcoming football back to Emirates Stadium as soon as possible.”

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