Arsenal has advised its players, who were to resume training on Tuesday, to stay at home even though they completed their 14-day isolation period after manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus. Arteta's positive test forced the team to go into self-isolation, while the Premier League has suspended the soccer season until April 30.
"As a result of the current situation, we are clear it would be inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time," Arsenal said in a statement on Monday. "Therefore our men's first team, women and academy players are all remaining at home."
A new update from your club.— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 23, 2020
The club also confirmed they would continue paying matchday and non-matchday casual workers until April 30 despite the suspension. Manchester United announced last week that they would keep paying their casual staff even if the season's remaining games were cancelled or played in empty stadiums.
"These are challenging times for everyone, but in particular our casual workers," said Arsenal Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham. "This gesture is intended to ease their financial uncertainty."
Stay at home. Save lives.#StayAtHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/tArRs3TDKG— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 23, 2020
Football Association (FA) rules say the season should end by June 1 but the FA, Premier League, EFL and women's professional game bodies, along with players' and managers' associations, have agreed to extend the formal end-date for the 2019-20 season.