Arsenal players return to training under strict restrictions

April 28, 2020

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: A view inside the stadium ahead of the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Meadow Park on January 14, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s players were able to train at the club’s facilities again on Monday, albeit working alone and within strict guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

Alexandre Lacazette and David Luiz were among the first-team squad members seen driving into the Gunners’ London Colney base.

However, the buildings at the site remain closed, with Arsenal making sure social distancing is maintained at all times, as per government guidelines in the United Kingdom during the ongoing lockdown.

There is a strict rota in place, the Premier League side confirmed, and all sessions will be carried out individually on one of the 10 pitches available before players return to their homes.

The move comes amid speculation over a planned return to action in the top flight, with media reports suggesting clubs will be back in full training by May 18, with games then to resume on June 8.

The Premier League has made clear their intention to finish the suspended 2019-20 campaign, with a meeting on April 17 including discussions with stakeholders over possible scheduling models.

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus just prior to the Premier League season being halted on March 13, initially until April 3.