Coronavirus: Arsenal, Man City EPL clash postponed


The fears of Coronavirus has made the Premier League postponed Wednesday clash between Arsenal and Premier League champions, Manchester City has been postponed.

The announcement of the postponement followed the decision by Arsenal players to be on self-isolation in their homes after Arsenal staffs were discovered to have been in close contact with Olympiacos owner, Evangelos Marinakis who has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Marinakis was at the Emirates Stadium during the round of 32 Eupora league clash between Olympiacos and Arsenal.

Shortly after Marinakis health status was made public, Arsenal in a statement on its website initially stated no staff had shown any sign of coronavirus symptoms. However, it later admitted that a select staff and players would have to self-isolate.

The statement from the Premier League said the postponement was precautionary in line with health advisory from the government on the coronavirus issues.

The statement reads “Tonight’s Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal has been postponed as a precautionary measure following the announcement on Tuesday that Evangelos Marinakis has contracted COVID-19,”

“Thirteen days ago, Olympiacos played Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the UEFA Europa League and Mr Marinakis, the Greek club’s owner, met with several Arsenal squad members and staff.

“Following medical advice, Arsenal FC and Manchester City FC consider it is necessary to postpone their fixture due to be played this evening, Wednesday 11 March, to give time to fully assess the situation.

“The Premier League has therefore agreed that tonight’s match will be rearranged.

“We understand this will cause inconvenience and cost to fans planning to attend the game but Arsenal, Manchester City and the Premier League have agreed that the short notice of Mr Marinakis’ infection means there is no alternative but to take the time to complete a proper assessment of risk.

“All necessary measures are being taken and the Premier League currently has no plans to postpone any other matches.”