The upcoming European Championships have ben postponed until next summer UEFA have announced today.
This all points to the organisation putting the domestic leagues being finalised as their priority in light of the coronavirus meaning we can still miss out on the Champions League.
There is a meeting this Thursday to discuss next steps for the Premier League, but given we have no idea what the virus will do next, it all seems a bit pointless. The league was originally postponed until the beginning of April, but this restart is looking very unlikely.
In tentatively better news for Arsenal, the break from football has meant that some of our walking wounded will get extra time to recover from their injuries.
Lucas Torriera was meant to be out for around ten weeks following the injury he sustained against Portsmouth in the FA Cup but now, given the delays and assuming we all survive, the Uruguayan could still feature for Arsenal this season as the postponements continue.
However, it seems though Torreira was set to head back to Uruguay for rehab but this won’t now be possible due to the virus. He said in a radio interview that:
“It’s difficult for the family for me to be away. This week I was supposed to be travelling to Uruguay, but all the flights were cancelled due to the virus…”
Sead Kolasinac, Cedric Soares and Kieran Tierney should also be fit enough to return if and when football does, giving Mikel Arteta a lot more defensive options to choose from once things get underway again.