Arsenal cancels pre-season US tour due to COVID-19 cases

Arsenal was planning to participate in this month's Florida Cup alongside fellow Premier League team Everton, Serie A champions Inter Milan and Colombian outfit Millonarios.

The London side was scheduled to take on Inter on Sunday, with the winner facing the victor in Everton's game against Millonarios on July 28.   -  AP

Arsenal has cancelled its pre-season tour to the United States after a small number of positive COVID-19 cases at the club, the team said on Tuesday.

Arsenal was planning to participate in this month's Florida Cup alongside fellow Premier League team Everton, Serie A champions Inter Milan and Colombian outfit Millonarios.

"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," Arsenal said on their Twitter account.

"This difficult decision is based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of our players and staff."

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The London side was scheduled to take on Inter on Sunday, with the winner facing the victor in Everton's game against Millonarios on July 28.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal started their pre-season preparations in Scotland and played two games, losing 2-1 to Hibernian and drawing 2-2 with Rangers.

Everton, meanwhile, said midfielder Fabian Delph will not travel with the team's squad to Orlando "as a precautionary measure after coming into contact with someone who has since tested positive for COVID-19".

Delph will resume his pre-season training as soon as his period of self-isolation ends, the Merseyside club said in a statement.

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