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Man City vs Arsenal postponed due to Coronavirus concerns. Arsenal players self-isolate after meeting infected Olympiacos owner.

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Manchester City vs Arsenal becomes the first major sporting event in Britain to be called off as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

A number of Arsenal players and staff have been forced to self-isolate after meeting Evangelos Marinakis who revealed he had contracted COVID-19.

Arsenal revealed that a number of players met the Olympiacos owner immediately after the game but are yet to confirm the exact numbers of those in self-isolation.

Although the risk of the infection is said to be extremely low, Gunners have strictly self-isolated at home for 14 days.

As a result, Wednesday’s fixture at City has been postponed.

When will the rearranged game take place?

At this stage, a new date for the Manchester City vs Arsenal fixture remains unclear. The Premier League has revealed it currently has no plans to postpone any other matches.

However, with the fixture schedule already congested, the calendar may have to be rearranged to accommodate the rescheduled match.

Brighton vs Hove Albion game

The game at Brighton will play. With contact with Marinakis occurring on 13 days ago, players and staff will be able to work on Friday. That is id they do not show any symptoms when the 14-day self-isolation period ends on Thursday.

It is because of such reasons that the match at Brighton goes ahead as scheduled.

Are any other matches a threat?

The Premier League insists it has no plans to postpone any other matches. The virus has affected English football in European competition. Though, Chelsea, Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers are due to play behind closed doors.

Chelsea will travel to Germany to face Bayern Munich for their Champions League last 16-second league. United’s last 16 first leg match at LASK in Linz will take place in empty stadiums.

Wolves’ Europa League tie at Olympiacos will take place on Thursday.  Although head coach Nuno, says he would prefer the match in Athens postponed as the decision to play without fans does not solve any problem.

Rangers are due to travel to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen in their Europa League last-16 leg.

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