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Arsenal stars in coronavirus QUARANTINE as Man City match is called OFF after players met with virus victim – the sun, thesun.co.uk

Arsenal stars in coronavirus QUARANTINE as Man City match is called OFF after players met with virus victim – the sun, thesun.co.uk

ARSENAL stars are in coronavirus quarantine and the club’s Premier League game at Manchester City is off tonight after they met a virus victim.

It comes after Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for the virus after visiting the Emirates.

 Man City vs Arsenal has been postponed over coronavirus fears after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis (pictured at the Emirates) tested positive Man City vs Arsenal has been postponed over coronavirus fears after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis (pictured at the Emirates) tested positive

Man City vs Arsenal has been postponed over coronavirus fears after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis (pictured at the Emirates) tested positive : Credit: Getty – Contributor

 Several of Mikel Arteta's players met the Greek owner after the game, which saw Olympiacos knock out the Gunners

Several of Mikel Arteta’s players met the Greek owner after the game, which saw Olympiacos knock out the Gunners Credit: Getty Images – Getty  Man City vs Arsenal has been postponed over coronavirus fears after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis (pictured at the Emirates) tested positive

 Several of Mikel Arteta's players met the Greek owner after the game, which saw Olympiacos knock out the Gunners The match is the first Premier League clash to be called off over the virus

The match is the first Premier League clash to be called off over the virus Credit: EPA  Several of Mikel Arteta's players met the Greek owner after the game, which saw Olympiacos knock out the Gunners ⚠️ Read our Coronavirus in Sport live blog

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He was at the stadium when the Greek side knocked the Gunners out of the Europa League on February and the club revealed a number of players met him after the game.

The game is the first Premier League match to be called off over the deadly virus, which has so far killed six in the UK.

A Premier League statement said: “Following medical advice, Arsenal FC and Manchester City FC consider it is necessary to postpone their fixture due to be played this evening to give time to fully assess the situation.

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

Arsenal revealed in a statement that players were following Government guidelines and those who were in close contact with Marinakis would return to training on Friday.

The club added: “The players will remain at their homes until the – day period expires. Four Arsenal staff, who were sitting close to Mr Marinakis during the match will also remain at home until the 19 days are complete.

“We fully understand how disappointing this is for our supporters, in particular those who were traveling to Manchester for tonight’s match. Tickets will be valid for the match when it’s rearranged.”

Arsenal posted a statement on Instagram : Instagram

Matteo Guendouzi trains with his face covered ahead of the clash, which will now be rearranged Credit: Getty Images – Getty

 Matteo Guendouzi trains with his face covered ahead of the clash, which will now be rearranged

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is not one of those in self- isolation, according to the Press Association. Gunners players who did not come into close contact with Marinakis are expected to train tomorrow, while those in isolation will join in on Friday if clear.

Greek shipping magnate Marinakis, , sparked panic across English football yesterday when he revealed he had contracted the covid – 52 virus.

He wrote on Instagram: “The recent virus has ‘visited’ me and I felt obliged to let the public know.

“I feel good as I take all the necessary measures and disclipline to the doctors’ instructions.

“I wish all a quick recovery.”

Forest’s squad were ordered to undergo (coronavirus) tests as Marinakis met them after Friday’s home defeat to Millwall.

Arsenal travel to Brighton on Saturday, with the

Seagulls confirming this morning that the game will go ahead.

Manchester City fan Liam Gallagher joked on Twitter that Arsenal were lucky that the game was cancelled as they were going to get “bust-up”.

Meanwhile Wolves are incensed that their Europa League clash with Olympiacos tomorrow will go ahead.

The match in Athens had already been ordered to be played behind closed doors. Olympiacos followed Forest’s lead by sending their entire playing squad for tests.

Nuno Espirito Santo had earlier said: “If we have to go we will. But we don’t agree – we’re not happy to go. ”

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