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Arsenal close Hale End academy after positive Covid-19 test

Arsenal have closed their Hale End academy after a senior member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

According to The Athletic, the individual travelled abroad and returned to the academy before receiving the results of the test.

The test then came back positive at 5pm on Wednesday evening, leading to Arsenal closing down the Hale End site until further notice.

Six other members of staff are self isolating as a precaution and the academy site has been closed for deep cleaning.

Arsenal are now sifting through CCTV to ascertain who the staff members came into contact with.

The club said in a statement: "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.

"As a consequence, six other members of staff are now self-isolating and we have initiated track and trace for the entire site.

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"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 plans at Hale End accordingly and will keep all staff, parents and young players fully informed.

"The health and safety of everyone on all our sites is our paramount concern. No members of our men's or women's first team squads have been affected."

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