Mikel Arteta absent as Arsenal squad resume training at London Colney

Arsenal returned to training today and adhered to strict social distancing measures (Picture: BBC)
Arsenal returned to training today and adhered to strict social distancing measures (Picture: BBC)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was absent as the Spaniard’s first-team squad returned to training at London Colney today.

A ‘majority’ of first team players trained at the club’s Hertfordshire base this morning after the club decided that it was safe to open up their large training base.

Arsenal enforced strict rules for all players, designating each individual their own ball and parking spot so that they do not come into contact with another person.

Players were given designated times to arrive and arrived in groups of five to stem the flow of players through the door. The gym, canteen and indoor training centre was closed.

Arteta tested positive for coronavirus in March, forcing Arsenal’s face against Manchester City to be postponed and pressurising the Premier League into suspension.

The squad arrived in groups of five (Picture: Sky News)
The squad arrived in groups of five (Picture: Sky News)
Ten pitches were made available to the players (Picture: Sky)
Arsenal are the first club to return (Picture: Sky)
All indoor space was closed (Picture: Sky)
The players maintained a distance from one another (Picture: Sky)

The Spaniard and his first team staff were not present at training, choosing instead to remain at home.

Last week, Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Alexandre Lacazette were cautioned by the club after they were seen flouting social distancing measures.

Arsenal are the first club to open their training ground but oters are set to follow with West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool considering the move.

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