An Arsenal corner flag. Arsenal Women v Everton Ladies WSL football match, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, UK - 21 Apr 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

Arsenal’s derby with Spurs potentially in doubt following training ground closure

Arsenal’s scheduled North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday could be in doubt with The Gunners’ training base having been closed this evening.

The Gunners have released an official club statement confirming that men’s first team manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus meaning that his side are unlikely to be in action again for the foreseeable future.

Arsenal have confirmed that their training facilities at Colney and Hale End have been closed for a deep clean and ‘a significant number’ of people including players and coaching staff are now set to begin a period of self-isolation.

The Gunners’ women’s side are set to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals at Meadow Park on Sunday. It is unknown whether the players have had significant contact with those at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus in recent days and the club are likely to provide an update on the fixture tomorrow. With the women’s side training at Colney, the chances that they have escaped contact could be very slim.

Arsenal have stated that it is clear that the men’s side ‘will not be able to play some fixtures on their scheduled dates’. It could well be that the same will apply for their women’s side in the coming days.

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