Pertandingan Man City vs Arsenal resmi ditunda untuk mencegah penyebaran virus corona.
Sejatinya, laga Man City vs Arsenal bakal berlangsung di Stadion Etihad, Rabu (11/3/2020) atau Kamis dini hari WIB.
Namun, sejumlah pemain dan empat staf Arsenal sempat melakukan kontak dengan pemilik Olympiakos, Evangelos Marinakis, yang positif terjangkit virus corona membuat manajamen akhirnya menunda pertandingan itu.
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Our Premier League match with Manchester City on Wednesday night has been postponed. Following yesterday’s news that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has recently contracted Covid-19, we have been taking medical advice and tracing any individuals who had what the guidelines define as close contact with him at the game 13 days ago. As a result of this exercise we identified that a number of players met the Olympiacos owner immediately following the game. The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low. However, we are strictly following the Government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact. As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight's match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed. The players will remain at their homes until the 14-day period expires. Four Arsenal staff, who were sitting close to Mr Marinakis during the match will also remain at home until the 14 days are complete. We fully understand how disappointing this is for our supporters, in particular those who were travelling to Manchester for tonight's match. Tickets will be valid for the match when it's rearranged. As a further precautionary measure, whilst we do not believe there was any close contact with any other Arsenal guests or staff in the directors box restaurant, we are contacting them to advise they should follow the relevant advice if there has been any such contact. Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Mr Marinakis a swift recovery and we look forward to the players and staff returning to work on Friday in preparation for our match at Brighton.
Imbas ditundanya laga ini tak hanya terasa bagi kedua tim, tapi juga bagi Liverpool.
Liverpool kini menduduki puncak klasemen Liga Inggris dengan koleksi 82 poin.
Adapun Man City berada di bawahnya dengan 57 poin dan Arsenal ada di urutan ke-9 dengan koleksi 40 poin.
Pasukan Juergen Klopp itu diprediksi bisa membawa pulang gelar Liga Inggris lebih cepat, tepatnya pada akhir pekan ini jika Man City kalah dari Arsenal.
Namun, laga Man City vs Arsenal yang ditunda membuat Liverpool gagal mengunci gelar Liga Inggris lebih cepat.
Selanjutnya, Liverpool hanya butuh enam poin atau dua kemenangan lagi untuk menjadi juara Liga Inggris musim ini.