Arsenal Players Begin Limited Training Sessions This Week

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Groundstaff work on the pitch at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal will return to a limited form of training at their London Colney facilities starting this week.

Arsenal Players Begin Limited Training

A club spokesperson relayed the details on Saturday (via BBC).

“Players will be permitted access to our London Colney training grounds,” a club spokesperson said. “Access will be limited, carefully managed and social distancing will be maintained.

“All Colney buildings remain closed. Players will travel alone, do their individual workout and return home.”

Thus, the players will take up their individual programmes at the training ground. This is still a limited form of training. Previously, most Premier League players were doing workouts at home.

A Bid to Finish the Season

Currently, a Premier League restart is mooted for the 8th of June. However, previous restart dates have already been pushed back once. But, if the league is to restart, then the players need to maintain a baseline level of fitness. This is why they will be returning to training.

If the season is to resume, it is likely to be played behind closed doors. There would be the aim of finishing the season in a five-week period (Sky Sports).

Arsenal currently sit ninth in the Premier League table; they are one point behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand. They sit eight points behind Chelsea in fourth spot.

Furthermore, the Gunners are still in the FA Cup. Their match against Sheffield United in the sixth round is yet to be played. This tie would take place at Bramall Lane.

In other leagues around the world, there has been a varying reaction to the crisis. The Eredivisie was declared null and void. Belgium’s Pro League season was cancelled; Club Brugge were declared as winners with a 15 point lead. However, Serie A, Ligue 1, and other leagues are yet to continue or cancel. Of course, there is also the Champions League and Europa League competitions which are yet to be completed.

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