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Gunners’ Villa clash is called off

Women’s Super League fixture is postponed due to health and safety concerns

08 January, 2021 — By Steve Barnett

Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema battles with Chelsea’s Pernille Harder in a 1-1 draw in the FA Women’s Super League in November

ARSENAL’S planned return to Women’s Super League action has been put on ice after their match away to Aston Villa tomorrow (Saturday) was cancelled due to health and safety concerns.

The Gunners reportedly requested that the fixture be postponed after an unsanctioned trip to Dubai led to a coronavirus case at the club. Three Gunners players visited the United Arab Emirates over Christmas despite London being under tier four lockdown restrictions, which meant travel abroad was discouraged except for business reasons.

One tested positive for Covid-19 after returning, leading to others self-isolating. Arsenal have reminded the players of their responsibilities, but have since been satisfied that the trips were made for commercial reasons.

Saturday’s league game between Manchester City and West Ham has also been postponed due to positive coronavirus tests.

As it stands, Arsenal’s league match away to Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday, January 17, is still going ahead.

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