The game between Manchester City and Arsenal was due to take place on Wednesday but has been postponed “as a precautionary measure” after Gunner personnel came into contact with a confirmed coronavirus case.
Following Arsenal’s Europa League round-of-32 meeting in London on February 27, number of Arsenal players and staff members had come into contact with the owner of Greek club Olympiakos Evangelos Marinakis, who has tested positive for COVID-19. The players and staff now set to undergo 14-day self-isolation as a precaution advised by the government is up.
“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,” a statement from the Premier League read on Wednesday.
The Premier League have postponed our match with Manchester City on Wednesday night as a precautionary measure.https://t.co/qTX1QiXjZv
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 11, 2020
“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.
Club statement. https://t.co/eb8fHKq6M9
— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 11, 2020
“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.”