Arsenal cancel pre-season tour of USA due to COVID-19 outbreak as Everton reveal Fabian Delph won’t go to Florida Cup because of self-isolation

Arsenal have suffered a COVID-19 outbreak which has forced them to cancel their pre-season tour of America, while Everton will be without Fabian Delph due to self-isolation.

The Gunners and the Toffees were set to compete in the Florida Cup, which begins this weekend, as part of their preparation for the new Premier League season.

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Arsenal’s pre-season preparations have been thrown into chaos
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While Everton are still expected to travel, The Athletic reports Arsenal have pulled out after a number of first-team and youth player have tested positive for COVID-19.

The affected players, who remain unnamed, are not suffering from any symptoms.

Delph, meanwhile, will not travel with Everton as a precautionary measure after being in close contact with someone who contracted the virus.

Arsenal are thought to be working through alternate plans, while the organisers of the Florida Cup also have a logistical nightmare on their hands.

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The Gunners were due to face Inter Milan on July 25, in five days’ time, then face the winner of Everton vs Millonarios three days later.

Meanwhile, Football Italia recently claimed Inter were also set to pull out due to concerns over rising cases of the Delta variant in Florida, which has led to increased hospitalisations.

Arsenal started their preparations for the new season in Scotland last week, where they lost 2-1 to Hibernian and drew 2-2 with Rangers.

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