Arsenal won’t be facing off Man City tonight due to a quarantine put in place after the Gunners met with a coronavirus victim at the Emirates stadium.
The quarantine comes after Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for the virus after visiting the Emirates.
Several of Mikel Arteta’s players met the Greek owner after the game, which saw Olympiacos knock out the Gunners and now are all under quarantine in fear of spreading the coronavirus.
This is the first Premier League match to be canceled due to the deadly virus, which has so far killed six people in the UK. Evangelos was at the stadium when the Greek side knocked the Gunners out of the Europa League on February 27 and the club revealed a number of players met him after the game.
Man City vs Arsenal has been postponed over coronavirus fears
A Premier League statement said: “Following medical advice, Arsenal FC and Manchester City FC consider it is necessary to postpone their fixture due to be played this evening to give time to fully assess the situation.
“The Premier League has therefore agreed that tonight’s game will be rearranged.”
Arsenal revealed in a statement that players were following Government guidelines and those who were in close contact with Marinakis would return to training on Friday.
The club added: “The players will remain at their homes until the 14-day period expires. Four Arsenal staff, who were sitting close to Mr Marinakis during the match will also remain at home until the 14 days are complete.
“We fully understand how disappointing this is for our supporters, in particular those who were travelling to Manchester for tonight’s match. Tickets will be valid for the match when it’s rearranged.”
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