Arsenal players face 10-day quarantine after overseas trip

Arsenal players will reportedly face 10 days of quarantine after their trip to Athens for their Europa League round of 32 return leg against Benfica.

A new guideline has been sent by the UK government to the Premier League stating that players are leave their homes for the sporting environment during their 10 days self-isolation, and can halve their quarantine time to five days, if they test negative after returning to the country.

“The rules state that anyone who goes on international duty must remain in their sporting bubble at all times while away, in order to avoid a spell of unconditional isolation once they return.

“If a player exits the national team’s bubble – to visit friends or family – that will invalidate their quarantine exemption and they must self-isolate for 10 days.

“The latest guidance also removes the quarantine exemption for new signings, as well as managerial and coaching appointments.

“It will have a direct impact on teams involved in European competitions this week.

“Chelsea play Atletico Madrid Bucharest in the Champions League on Tuesday while Manchester City face Borussia Monchengladbach at the Puskas Arena in Hungary on Wednesday.

“Arsenal travel to Greece on to play Benfica for the second-leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday due to Portugal being on a ‘red list’ of countries drawn up by the UK government.”

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