Arsenal cancels pre-season tour over COVID-19 spike

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Arsenal has cancelled their pre-season tour to the United States after a small number of positive COVID-19 cases at the club.

The English club was set to travel to the US this week to participate in the Florida Cup alongside fellow Premier League team Everton, Serie A champions Inter Milan and Colombian outfit Millonarios.

The tournament organisers have, however, said in a statement that discussions on how to still hold the competition are in progress.

“We are aware of the media reports this afternoon. We remain in discussions with all four clubs with the intent to deliver a safe and successful Florida Cup for both participants and fans,” the statement read.

The London side was scheduled to take on Inter on Sunday and potentially face on July 28 the winner of Everton’s game against Millonarios.

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

Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League last term and begin their 2021-22 campaign at promoted Brentford on August 13.

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