Arsenal pull out of pre-season Florida Cup after players test positive

July 21 – Arsenal have cancelled their pre-season tour to the United States after suffering a small number of positive Covid-19 cases.

The Gunners were scheduled to play in the Florida Cup with Inter Milan, Everton and Colombia’s Millonarios. The club did not specify how many members of their touring group tested positive, nor if any were players.

“This difficult decision is based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of players and staff,” a statement read.

None of those who had tested positive are currently displaying symptoms, but all are in self-isolation.

“We fully understand what a disappointment this is for our supporters in America, who were looking forward to seeing us compete in the Florida Cup as part of our pre-season build-up,” Arsenal added.

“Our apologies also go to the organisers of the Florida Cup who had done a fantastic job making the preparations and our partners who had arranged events around our participation in the competition.”

“We are now making alternative arrangements in line with the Premier League protocols to continue our preparations for the new season.”

The shortened Florida Cup is set to begin on Sunday at Camping World Stadium, Orlando, but organisers have not announced if Arsenal will be replaced by another side. Arsenal were scheduled to take on Inter on Sunday, with the winner then facing the victor of Everton’s game against Millonarios.

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