Arsenal’s community shield preparations rocked by ‘four stars returning late to training’

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s preparations for the Community Shield have been hit by news that four of his players will return to training late due to quarantine.

The four stars – goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, next scout Gabriel Magalhaes and two anonymous players – are completing 14 days of self-isolation.

FA Cup hero Martinez, visibly moved after the final victory over Chelsea on August 1, missed the start of the preseason due to having to self-isolate for 14 days after a holiday in Portugal – and he is not the only player. , says a report in The sun.

Preparations for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta have been hit, with four players in quarantine

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who played in the FA Cup final, is a self-isolated player

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who played in the FA Cup final, is a self-isolated player

“We’ve been through all the different times with the restrictions and rules of the government and Premier League testing,” Arteta said.

“It’s so unexpected what’s going to happen from day to day. But we are trying to adapt and get the team in the best possible shape to compete on Saturday.

“We’ve only had two practice sessions and this game comes right in the middle of our mini pre-season so it’s not a great time to play. “

If Martinez was missing, due to unavailability or lack of training, Bernd Leno looks set to retrieve the No.1 jersey.

Bernd Leno looks set to reclaim Community Shield No.1 shirt against Liverpool

Bernd Leno looks set to reclaim Community Shield No.1 shirt against Liverpool

Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, on the verge of joining the Gunners, is also in isolation

Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, on the verge of joining the Gunners, is also in isolation

Leno made his first appearance on Tuesday since his injury in June, as the Gunners beat MK Dons 4-1 in their first preseason outing.

Meanwhile, Lille center-back Magalhaes is reportedly self-isolating in the UK while waiting to complete his £ 25million stint in the Emirates.

Arsenal will face Premier League champions Liverpool in the annual curtain-raiser of the new season at Wembley on Saturday afternoon in the 2020 Community Shield which will be played behind closed doors.

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