Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Brighton at the weekend is set to go ahead despite members of the Gunners squad being placed in self-isolation.
Wednesday night’s trip to Manchester City has been postponed after some Arsenal players came in contact with Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who contracted Covid-19, following their Europa League clash on February 27.
Arsenal have placed some players and staff in self-isolation as a precaution, but the 14-day period recommended by health officials elapses on Thursday night.
Brighton have released a statement confirming they still expect the game on Saturday to go ahead.
A club statement read: “Arsenal’s match at Manchester City, due to take place at the Etihad Stadium tonight, has been postponed after a number of Gunners players have self isolated as a precaution with regard to the coronavirus.
“The risk is considered extremely low and Saturday’s match remains scheduled to go ahead with the self-isolation period for those players ending tomorrow, as we continue to follow government and medical advice with regard to the coronavirus.”
A statement from Arsenal read: “The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low.
“However, we are strictly following the Government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact.
“As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight’s match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed.
“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.”