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

Arsenal have been forced to close their Hale End academy base (Picture :Getty)

Arsenal have closed their Hale End academy after a senior member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The Gunners decided to close their academy base in Walthamstow, east London through fears that the staff member came into contact with scores of others after he returned from a trip abroad.

Staff members were told that they must stay away from the academy until further notice, according to the Athletic.

An Arsenal spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that a member of staff from our Hale End Academy has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test result arrived at 5pm today and the member of staff immediately left the site to self-isolate.

Arsenal’s first team train in London Colney, Hertfordshire (Picture: Getty)

‘As a consequence, six other members of staff are now self-isolating and we have initiated track and trace for the entire site. We are working through our CCTV and attendance records on site in order to continue the track and trace process.

‘Our Hale End Academy will now be closed on Thursday 8 October for deep cleaning. After Thursday, we will review our coaching…