Arsenal become first PL team to resume training next week
London, April 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Arsenal players will be allowed to return to their London Colney training ground next week, but will continue to train individually in accordance with government health guidelines.
Sky news reports that access for Mikel Arteta’s players will be limited, carefully managed, and social distancing will be maintained at all times.
The Premier League side’s players will have access to training pitches but on a strict rotational basis that will see them uphold social distancing measures.
A club spokesperson confirmed on Saturday: “Players will be permitted access to our London Colney training grounds next week.“Players will be permitted access to our London Colney training grounds next week,” said a club spokesperson.
“Access will be limited, carefully managed and social distancing will be maintained at all times.
“All Colney buildings remain closed. Players will travel alone, do their individual workout and return home.”
This week saw Arsenal become the first Premier League club to agree a coronavirus pay cut with their players as manager Mikel Arteta and his stars slashed their wages by 12.5 percent.
There are reports Arsenal, whose yearly wage bill is around £230 million ($286 million), will give players their money back in the event that they bridge an eight-point gap and qualify for the Champions League when football restarts.
Football is currently suspended indefinitely in England, with the UK under lockdown.
Arsenal’s players have been partaking in training sessions from home as a result of the disruption caused by coronavirus.
Earlier this week, the club contacted its first-team players to remind them of their responsibilities during the lockdown, after David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Granit Xhaka all broke social distancing guidelines.