According to recent reports, a small part of the Arsenal touring party has tested positive for the COVID-19. Owing to this issue, Arsenal have withdrawn themselves from Florida Cup and have also canceled their pre-season trip that was scheduled. Gunners were all set to tour the United States for their pre-season.
In the club statement, Arsenal said:
Following a small number of positive Covid tests among the planned party to travel to America tomorrow, we have sadly been forced to withdraw from the Florida Cup. This difficult decision is based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of our players and staf f.We fully understand what a disappointment this is for our supporters in America who were looking forward to seeing us compete in the Florida Cup as part of our pre-season build up
The club also extended its apologies to the fan base and the organizers of the Florida Cup. They also briefed the fans and social media outlets regarding the self-isolation procedure.
Our apologies also go to the organisers of the Florida Cup who had done a fantastic job making the preparations and our partners who had arranged events around our participation in the competition. We are glad to say the members of staff are not currently displaying any Covid symptoms. They are now in self-isolation at home
What was the schedule for Arsenal during their pre-season and Florida Cup?
Four teams were set to take part in the competition. The Serie A champions, Inter Milan, English Premier League outfit, Everton and Millonarios F.C were set to take part in the competition. Millonarios F.C are the Bogota based club that plays in Categoria Primiera A.
Florida Cup consisted of four games. Two semifinal fixtures between the four teams and a final between the winner of the two games. Also, there was a third-place game between the teams that lost the game in the Florida Cup. After the withdrawal of Arsenal, none of the teams have withdrawn from the campaign yet.
Arsenal are struggling to get their season going as the club is yet to bring in prominent faces let alone selling the players. The team will hope things to better at the earliest.