- Arsenal players were back at training on Monday morning after a gap of 47 days.
- Premier League was suspended when Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta tested COVID-19 positive.
- Players were not allowed to socialise and must follow distancing guidelines. Aerial photographs reveal that five players at a time worked on separate pitches with individual footballs.
- West Ham are also allowing their players to train in a similar manner at their base.
Arsenal have begun training at the club’s training ground once again as it was reopened for the first time after 47 days.
The club announced last week that they would make their London Colney training facility available for players to train again from Monday, despite the UK still being under lockdown. As reported by Mirror, sessions are to be carried out on a rotation basis while operating under strict supervision.
Players have to follow Government guidelines on isolation and social distancing; Arsenal are strict about imposing the rules and guidelines. Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette, Emiliano Martinez and Cedric Soares were seen to arrive; all came separately in their cars.
Players will be permitted access to our London Colney training grounds next week.
Access will be limited, carefully managed, and social distancing will be maintained at all times.
All Colney buildings remain closed. Players will travel alone, do their individual workout and return home.Arsenal Statement
Arsenal resume Training with strict Guidelines
While the players could be at the training ground at the same time, they should not mingle, and the training must not have any group activities. Each player should follow the same programme as their teammates but will do training independently, even they should use their own set of footballs.
To maintain the isolation of players, a maximum of five players in the facility at any one time would be allowed. The players will use specifically designated parking spots. The club’s strict protocol has ensured no rules are being broken, with only the pitches open for use.
Fitness and conditioning coach Shad Forsythe led the session, with the focus mainly on getting the Arsenal players back into shape as quickly as possible. Club doctor Gary O’Driscoll would be present, but Arteta may not always be required as the sessions will mainly for individual fitness work.
Arsenal Players back on Training
Returning to training ground was essential as players found it difficult to exercise without being accosted by fans. Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe and Granit Xhaka were all reported to flout social distancing rules during their workout last week, which seems to have influenced Arsenal’s decision.
Players were eager to get back to training, obviously abiding by Government laid down isolation rules. It can be remembered that Premier League suspended since Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus.
Arsenal players have been instructed to attend the training ground dressed in their training kit, and return home straight after their one-hour session is finished.
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