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The coronavirus continues to play havoc with the Premier League fixture schedule and all we can do is look at what is going on behind the scenes at Arsenal, rather than focusing on on-pitch matters.
The attention, of course, will turn to the summer transfer window and the business Mikel Arteta, Raul Sanllehi and Edu will attempt to get done ahead of next season.
With the Premier League season being suspended until April 30th at the earliest, it means the whole Gunners squad is currently spending time at home and keeping to a strict training regime until it’s safe to report back to London Colney.
Luckily, football.london will keep you across everything that happens in the next five weeks until the 2019/20 Premier League season is due to restart.
With that said, here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.
Arteta and Arsenal get big boost
This 2020 Olympic Games has been postponed because of the coronavrius outbreak.
Due to take place this summer in Tokyo, Japan, between July 24, 2020, and August 4, 2020, an official decision was made on Tuesday afternoon.
“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the World Health Organisation today, the IOC president and the prime minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” the IOC said in a statement.
This decision is fantastic news for the Gunners and head coach Mikel Arteta. Wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli was set to feature at the Games as he was included in the Brazil squad alongside the likes of Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr and Hertha Berlin’s Matheus Cunha.
And with the Olympics finishing on August 9, a day after the 2020/21 Premier League season is scheduled to start, the 18-year-old would have missed the start of the new campaign if Brazil progressed deep into the tournament.
However, with the postponement, Martinelli will be available for the start of next season.
How much Arsenal are paying Emery
Unai Emery’s tenure as Arsenal head coach came to an end in November 2019.
Having signed a three-year deal upon his appointment, the Spanish tactician still had over a year left on his Arsenal contract prior to his sacking.
Although, as reported by the Times, the Gunners inserted a break clause which meant they could dismiss him after two seasons at the helm without paying up the full value of his contract.
Of course, Emery didn’t achieve two full seasons in north London and as a result, he is still being paid by Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.
According to France Football, as per GetFootballNewsFrance, Emery will receive a mixture of wages & pay-offs from Arsenal worth €7.4m (£6.8m) this season.
He is just pipped by ex-Lyon boss Bruno Gensio (€8m) in the list of 20 highest paid managers in world football.
Next season’s leaked kits
The first details of Arsenal’s home, away and third kits for the 20/21 season have now emerged.
Leaked images suggest that next season’s home kit will predominantly be what is described as ‘dark red’.
Take a look at the image below as a fan on Reddit drew up a concept with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the kit – perhaps hoping the Gabon international will be around next season amid speculation regarding his future.
Meanwhile, next season’s away shirt will not be yellow but ‘cloud white’, which will appear like a shade of grey.
And finally, next season’s third shirt is mainly dark navy, combined with striking light orange applications. The official color combo is ‘Legend Marine / Light Flash Orange’.