Arsenal ask players to stay away from training ground

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Arsenal have cancelled plans to resume training on Tuesday, telling players to remain at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The men’s first-team squad were due back in training this week after completing their 14-day self-isolation period following head coach Mikel Arteta testing positive for the virus.

As the UK is preparing for total lock-down, Arsenal now say it would be “inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time”.

The team gave an update of Arteta last week, saying the Spaniard is feeling much better”and is back planning for the remainder of the season as well as speaking to his players.

Arteta’s diagnosis earlier this month led to the postponement of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Brighton, scheduled for March 14, before the rest of England’s top-flight fixtures were suspended, originally until April 4 and then extended to April 30.

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