According to Sky Sports, the Arsenal players are all set to return to training as early as next Tuesday following the coronavirus outbreak at the club which saw Mikel Arteta self-isolate after contracting the disease.

While the coronavirus seemingly continues to take over the world, they claim that the isolation period is over for our players, many of who have been training alone at their homes, and training is scheduled as early as next week. The 14 day period enforced after Mikel Arteta was diagnosed with the virus and this is due to come to an end next week, and on paper we are still supposed to be playing Norwich at The Emirates on the 4th of April.

They claim that the players are expected back and London Colney will be open for business following a deep clean, but personally for me, given all that’s going on, it all sounds like things won’t happen that quickly, but we’ll see.

There is also talk of the Premier League wanting all fixtures done and dusted by the end of June, which again seems insane even putting dates out there when things are changing so quickly on a daily basis.

We should know a bit more about it all as there is a conference call scheduled for 1030am on Thursday with all 20 Premier League clubs (even Tottenh*m have been invited) to discuss getting the league fixtures completed. It’s also thought that being discussed will be the possibility of super-rich Premier League clubs helping out lower league clubs who will struggle to stay afloat, and also whether or not games could be completed behind closed doors to ensure the season is ended fairly to decide league placings and relegation/promotion spots.

The European Championships were postponed by a year this week prompting suspicions that the league’s in each country had been prioritised over the international event.

As I say, putting dates on these things seems a bit pointless at the moment as things are changing so quickly and no one can really see what else is round the corner right now.

Stay safe everyone!