With news that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus, the Premier League season is now in jeopardy.
Along with Arteta, three unnamed Leicester players and Manchester City fullback Benjamin Mendy have self-quarantined amid COVID-19 concerns.
Up until this point, all matches were planned to go off as scheduled with full crowds.
However, an emergency meeting is schedule for Friday to determine how to proceed with the season.
The Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning regarding fixtures after Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 12, 2020
How Premier League could finish season
There are three options the Premier League will likely opt for amid the coronavirus outbreak:
- Suspend season: Like with Serie A in Italy, the Premier League could decide to postpone games for a few weeks to determine if the coronavirus has been contained. This feels like the most likely option.
- Continue season with no fans: Like with the Bundeslia and Ligue Un, the Premier League could decide to allow games to play as scheduled but in an empty stadium. This seems unlikely given that a high-profile manager (Arteta) has corona and players on two other top 4 teams are self-isolated.
- Cancel season: No major soccer league has done this yet. It would be unlikely for England’s top flight to do so without exploring option 1 first.
We do not believe that “play everything as regularly scheduled” is an option.
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