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Reports: Arsenal cancel U.S. tour due to COVID

Arsenal have cancelled their pre-season tour to the United States after a small number of positive COVID-19 cases at the club, Sky Sports reported on Tuesday.

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Arsenal were set to travel to the U.S. this week to participate in the Florida Cup alongside fellow Premier League team Everton, Serie A champions Internazionale and Colombian club Millonarios.

The tournament organisers said in a statement: “We are aware of the media reports this afternoon. We remain in discussions with all four clubs with the intent to deliver a safe and successful Florida Cup for both participants and fans.”

Arsenal were not immediately available to comment.

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The London side were scheduled to take on Inter on Sunday and then potentially face on July 28 the winner of Everton’s game against Millonarios.

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Everton midfielder Fabian Delph will not travel with their squad to Orlando “as a precautionary measure after coming into contact with someone who has since tested positive for COVID-19”, the Merseyside club said in a statement.

Everton said Delph would resume his pre-season training as soon as his period of self-isolation ended.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team started their pre-season preparations in Scotland and played two games, losing 2-1 to Hibernian and drawing 2-2 with Rangers.

Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League last term.

They begin their 2021-22 campaign at promoted Brentford on Aug. 13.

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