According to The Athletic a small number of the travelling party have tested positive for the virus, disrupting the club’s preparations for the new season.
Mikel Arteta’s side was due to fly out to America this week for the pre-season Florida Cup where they were scheduled to play two games during their stay in America, competing alongside Inter Milan, Everton and Millonarios.
Arsenal was scheduled to take on Inter on Sunday, July 25 and then meet the winner of Everton or Millonarios on July 28.
While Everton is reportedly still planning on attending the tournament, Inter Milan is said to be assessing their options as they remain anxious over the possible health risks of traveling to the US as part of their pre-season tour due to COVID-19.
This is according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, which report that the Nerazzurri could alter their plans with respect to the Florida Club, or simply cancel the engagement.
The Florida Cup has looked set to be a major part of the Nerazzurri’s pre-season plans, with the tournament on US soil against the likes of Arsenal, Everton, and Millionarios a way for the club to connect with American fans.
However, the club is seriously considering withdrawing from the event due to fears around the Delta variant of COVID-19.
The Nerazzurri will know all too well the serious problems associated with COVID for a football club, coming from the hard-hit Lombardy region of Italy, and even just last week Austrian winger Valentino Lazaro tested positive for the virus, emphasizing the continued risk.
At present, it is thought that the club is considering leaving with a reduced delegation and canceling commercial events to mitigate health risks, although remaining in Italy and withdrawing from the event entirely are not off the table.
The first Florida Cup will involve Premier League sides Arsenal and Everton, Serie A Champions Inter Milan and Colombian side Millonarios. All matches will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
July 25: TBD v Inter Milan and Everton v Millonarios – Buy Florida Cup Tickets
July 28: TBD or Inter Milan vs Everton or Millonarios (winners and losers from July 25th meet). – Buy Florida Cup Tickets
Sunday, August 1 – Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV (Final) – Buy Gold Cup Tickets
Qatar vs USA Winner vs Canada vs Mexico Winner (8:30 pm ET)
USMNT World Cup Qualification
September: TBD vs USMNT – TBD
September: USMNT vs Costa Rica – TBD
October: USMNT vs Mexico- TBD
October: Jamaica vs USMNT- TBD
November: USMNT vs TBD – TBD
November: TBD vs USMNT – TBD