Arsenal players to return to club’s training ground next week

The Arsenal squad will be permitted to return to their London Colney training ground next week in order to focus on their individual routines.

The Gunners players have been joining the rest of the country in lockdown over the last month or so, but will step up their training amid reports that football could be set to resume behind closed doors in a matter of weeks.

Group drills will not be permitted but players will be allowed to use the facilities provided as long as they abide by the strict guidelines.

A club spokesperson told The Guardian : "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

It is believed that there will be a rota system in place, while all 10 pitches will be used to prevent overcrowding.

The training ground has been closed ever since the news broke that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had tested positive for coronavirus 44 days ago, and its reopening looks like a tentative but positive step towards normality eventually resuming.

The Premier League is reportedly set to return in a matter of weeks after plans were unveiled to play matches behind closed doors but for games to be shown for free on TV.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has been discussing plans for games to go ahead without fans in the near future, with clubs desperate to return to action and conclude the current campaign.

But in order to do so certain criteria will have to be met, and there will have to be a set of draconian measures put in place to ensure social-distancing is maintained between those involved in order to keep them safe.

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