Arsenal Reportedly Cancels American Preseason Tour Due to Covid-19 Issues

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 20, 2021

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Corner flag with the Arsenal club crest on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on April 03, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have canceled their preseason tour in the United States because of "a number of positive COVID-19 cases at the club," according to The Athletic's David Ornstein and James McNicholas.

The club was originally scheduled to depart for Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday and play a pair of friendlies before returning to London on July 28.

Four teams made up the Florida Cup: Arsenal, Everton, Inter Milan and Millonarios F.C.

Despite Arsenal's absence, Ornstein and McNicholas reported Everton are still planning to compete.

Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport (via Lorenzo Bettoni of Football Italia) reported Inter was also considering removing itself from the Florida Cup because of the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. However, Inter indicated Tuesday morning it was on the way to the U.S.:

Inter 🏆🇮🇹 @Inter

🇺🇸 | CHAMPS IN THE USA<br><br>Stiamo arrivando ⚫🔵<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IMInter?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IMInter</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ForzaInter?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ForzaInter</a> <a href="https://t.co/BGVmhD92wz">pic.twitter.com/BGVmhD92wz</a>

The Gunners have friendlies against Chelsea (Aug. 1) and Tottenham Hotspur (Aug. 8) still on the schedule. They open the 2021-22 Premier League season on Aug. 13 against Brentford.