Arsenal close academy after staff member tests positive for Covid-19

London – Arsenal have closed their Hale academy after a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The academy in east London, which is separate from Arsenal’s senior training facilities at London Colney, is used to develop players between the ages of nine and 16, with Ainsley Maitland-Nile and Bukayo Saka amongst its recent graduates.

“We can confirm that a member of staff from our Hale End Academy has tested positive for Covid-19 … and immediately left the site to self-isolate,” Arsenal said in a statement.

“As a consequence, six other members of staff are now self-isolating … Our Hale End Academy will now be closed on Thursday for deep cleaning.

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