Mesut Ozil to be left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad as mystery omission continues

Arsenal’s Europa League campaign will begin when they face Group B rivals Rapid Vienna in Austria on 22 October before matches against Dundalk and Molde.

The club announced late on Wednesday evening that their academy at Hale End will be closed for at least one day following a positive Covid-19 test.

“We can confirm that a member of staff from our Hale End Academy has tested positive for Covid-19,” a statement read.

“The positive test result arrived at 5pm today and the member of staff immediately left the site to self-isolate.

“As a consequence, six other members of staff are now self-isolating and we have initiated track and trace for the entire site.

“We are working through our CCTV and attendance records on site in order to continue the track and trace process. Our Hale End Academy will now be closed on Thursday 8 October for deep cleaning.

“After Thursday, we will review our coaching plans at Hale End accordingly and will keep all staff, parents and young players fully informed.

“The health and safety of everyone on all our sites is our paramount concern. No members of our men’s or women’s first team squads have been affected.”


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