Arsenal cancel pre-season tour of USA due to COVID-19 outbreak, while 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 midfielder Fabian Delph due to self-isolation.

The Premier League clubs 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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While Everton are still expected to travel, The Gunners have pulled out after a number of first-team and youth player have tested positive for COVID-19.

The club said the affected members of the travelling party are not displaying any symptoms but are now in isolation at home.

“We fully understand what a disappointment this is for our supporters in America who were looking forward to seeing us compete in the Florida Cup as part of our pre-season build up,” a statement read.


“Our apologies also go to the organisers of the Florida Cup who had done a fantastic job making the preparations and our partners who had arranged events around our participation in the competition.”

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 on July 25, in five days’ time, then face the winner of Everton vs Millonarios three days later.

Meanwhile, Football Italia report 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 then drew 2-2 with Rangers.

The club say they are now ‘making alternative arrangements in line with the Premier League protocols to continue our preparations for the new season.’