Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, admits he is desperate to keep football away from the public eye.
‘Please don’t go back to that stage,’ said Arteta. ‘We have experienced that and it’s something we don’t like so hopefully it’s not what happens.
‘It’s a different sport. Football is all about sharing it with people and having fans around the stadiums and when it is not, it is a completely different sport and the competition gets lost. It is not the same.’
After closing its doors in March 2020 due to a national lockdown caused by the coronavirus epidemic, the Premier League has reopened to sell-out crowds this season.
However, due to the rapid spread of the omicron variety, the government may soon put restrictions on mass gatherings, including sporting events.
Some managers advocated for a short unscheduled break in the fixture list to assist relieve player anxiety, but the Premier League clubs opted against it when they met on Monday.
‘That’s the choice they’ve taken, so we have to go on,’ said Arteta, who is presently without three players due to positive drug tests: Pablo Mari, Sambi Lokonga, and Calum Chambers.
Source: Daily Mail