Arsenal cancel their pre-season tour to the US after ‘a small number’ of Covid cases within their squad, causing major disruption in Mikel Arteta’s preparations for the new campaign
- Arsenal cancel their pre-season tour of the United States due to Covid
- Reports claim there have been a ‘small number’ of cases in Mikel Arteta’s team
- The Gunners would play in the Florida Cup with Everton and Inter Milan
- Arsenal start the new Premier League season with Brentford on August 13
Arsenal have canceled their pre-season tour of the United States after ‘a number’ of positive cases of Covid-19 at the club.
According to The Athletic, there have been a ‘small number’ of positive tests within Mikel Arteta’s group.
The Gunners would participate in the Florida Cup, along with Inter Milan, Everton and Colombian Millonarios.
Arsenal have canceled their pre-season tour of the US after ‘some’ positive Covid cases
Reports claim there have been a ‘small number’ of positive tests within Mikel Arteta’s group
On July 25, a game with Inter was scheduled, after which they would play the winner of the game between the other two clubs.
It means Arsenal’s preparations for the new season have taken a major blow.
Arteta’s team kicks off the new Premier League campaign in Brentford on August 13.
Arsenal have already played two friendlies this summer. They lost 2-1 to Hibernian and were held to a 2-2 draw by Rangers last week.
They have two more friendlies on the schedule before the season starts. In the Mind Series, Arsenal will play against London rivals Chelsea on August 1, and Tottenham a week later.
The cancellation of the tour leaves Arteta on home soil as he aims to continue rebuilding his team this summer.
Arsenal lost 2-1 to Hibernian and were held to a 2-2 draw by Rangers in Scotland last week
Arsenal have already signed Albert Sambi Lokonga this week to an £18 million deal from Anderlecht and are approaching a £50 million transfer for Ben White.
The Gunners have also made a £34 million offer for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli, a youngster’s agent linked to a swap deal for the 23-year-old.
The North Londoners will face stiff competition for Locatelli’s signature, with Italian giants Juventus reportedly in talks with their Serie A rivals over a move for the Azzurri star.
It is rumored that Juve youngster Nicolo Fagioli is on the table for a player-plus-cash deal, with the old lady believed to be willing to offer £25million plus the 20-year-old.
Fagioli’s agent Andrea D’Amico, however, went on to quash rumors that his client would be leaving Turin this summer and revealed to Sky Sport Italia that Arsenal have made a £34million offer for Locatelli.
A goalkeeper is also high on Arteta’s wish list with West Brom’s Sam Johnstone and Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale both under consideration.