After Arsenal had to pull out of the Florida Cup on Tuesday night, they’re now making alternative arrangements for their next step in pre-season.

Albert Sambi Lokonga in training with Arsenal (Photo via
Albert Sambi Lokonga in training with Arsenal (Photo via

As we covered on Tuesday, Arsenal have withdrawn from the Florida Cup after a number of people tested positive for Covid in the camp. Fortunately, Arsenal have confirmed the relevant members of staff aren’t showing any symptoms and are isolating.

The question now is over what happens next. According to Mark Mann-Bryans, Arsenal will train at London Colney this week in a controlled environment after the centre was cleaned last night.

They’re expected to hold two behind-closed-doors friendlies to replace the Florida Cup fixtures, and they should be able to take part in the Mind Series as initially planned.

An update from Arsenal is also expected soon on what the plan is for those who purchased streaming passes for the games that have now been cancelled.

If history is anything to go by, there will be no way to watch the behind-closed-doors friendlies. Arsenal probably won’t even give us a match report, and we’ll be lucky to learn what the score was. They’re always overly secretive with these friendlies.

It’s only just over a week and a half until The Mind Series begins and Arsenal face Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, so we’ll likely have to wait for that for our new look at the team. With any luck, there might be a couple of new signings involved by then.