Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City has been postponed after Arsenal’s players were possibly exposed to coronavirus, or COVID-19. The Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis has announced that he has been diagnosed with the virus. Marinakis, who spent time with Forest players and fans this past weekend, also spent some time with Arsenal players 13 days ago, when Olympiacos knocked the Gunners out of the Europa League.
Out of an abundance of caution, and following the UK’s government’s advice, the Premier League has decided that the game should not go ahead. While the chance of Arsenal’s players developing the virus are low, with most medical advice suggesting that transmission is unlikely if someone is asymptomatic, given the timeframe, the players will remain at home until the completion of 14 days—that is, until Thursday evening.
Players and staff will return to London Colney on Friday. As of now, the match against Brighton on Saturday is set to continue, with the Premier League not following the example set by La Liga, Serie A, and other leagues across Europe.