Arsenal cancel pre-season tour of United States due to positive Covid-19 tests

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Arsenal were due to compete in the Florida Cup (Getty Images)
Arsenal were due to compete in the Florida Cup (Getty Images)

Arsenal’s pre-season trip to the United States has been cancelled due to positive Covid-19 tests in the Gunners’ camp.

After initial friendlies against Hibernian and Rangers in Scotland, Mikel Arteta’s squad were due to continue their preparations for the 2021/22 season by travelling to the US later this week to take part in the Florida Cup.

Arsenal had been scheduled to face reigning Serie A champions Inter Milan at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday (July 25) before going on to meet the winner of Premier League rivals Everton’s subsequent clash with Colombian outfit Millonarios next Wednesday (July 28).

However, as first reported by The Athletic, Standard Sport understands that a small number of coronavirus cases among the proposed travelling party has now forced the trip to be cancelled.

The individuals that tested positive are understood to be asymptomatic.

Arsenal are due to take part in The Mind Series next month - a three-game London pre-season tournament held to support better mental health, with the proceeds being split between the UK’s leading mental health charity Mind and each club’s respective foundation.

Champions League holders Chelsea are the visitors to Emirates Stadium on August 1, while Arteta’s side then face arch-rivals Tottenham in N17 seven days later.

Arsenal open the new Premier League campaign with a trip to newly-promoted Brentford on August 13 before back-to-back fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City.

They began pre-season with a 2-1 defeat to Hibs as Emile Smith Rowe’s late goal proved in vain at Easter Road, while new signing Nuno Tavares and Eddie Nketiah both struck in a lively 2-2 draw with Steven Gerrard’s Scottish champions Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.

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