The Premier League have held an emergency club meeting to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and how it will affect the Gunners.
The Premier League has confirmed that all EFL and Premier League fixtures have been suspended until April 4.
“Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time,” the Premier League’s official statement read.
“Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19.
“In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.”
“Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so.
“In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate.”
An emergency club meeting was called by the league late on Thursday night (March 12) following the confirmation that Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus.
Brighton – Arsenal’s scheduled opponents this weekend – acted before the meeting was held, however, and announced the clash with the Gunners was postponed.
Arsenal decided against confirming the postponement of the fixture until after the Premier League club meeting was held.
The entire first team squad and over 100 members of staff have begun self-isolating as a result. The quarantine period is 14 days which would have affected Arsenal’s FA Cup trip to Sheffield United on March 22 along with their match against Brighton.
Even after that quarantine period expires there are questions as to whether Arsenal would be able to immediately return to competitive action.
As well as first team matches being held off, Arsenal’s academy has also been forced to postpone fixtures. The Under-23s’ clash with Tottenham Hotspur on March 13 and games including the Under-16s and Under-18s have also been called off.
Should the Premier League season run into the summer, one possible option that would ensure the 2019/20 campaign isn’t considered void, then Arsenal would have to postpone their pre-season tour.
Its destination had not been officially announced but football.london understands Arteta’s side were due to travel to the USA.