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Arsenal cancel USA Tour over "small number" of COVID cases in camp

Arsenal have cancelled their pre-season tour of the USA after a "small number" of their backroom team tested positive for COVID-19.

The Gunners had been due to fly to Florida tomorrow ahead of taking on Inter Milan at the weekend.

"Following a small number of positive Covid tests among the planned party to travel to America tomorrow, we have sadly been forced to withdraw from the Florida Cup," Arsenal said in a statement.

"This difficult decision is based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of our players and staff.

"We fully understand what a disappointment this is for our supporters in America, who were looking forward to seeing us compete in the Florida Cup as part of our pre-season build-up.

"Our apologies also go to the organisers of the Florida Cup who had done a fantastic job making the preparations and our partners who had arranged events around our participation in the competition."

Arsenal say the affected staff members are now self-isolating and aren't displaying coronavirus symptoms.

"We are now making alternative arrangements in line with the Premier League protocols to continue our preparations for the new season.

"We hope everyone understands this difficult situation, which is beyond anyone's control."

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