Arsenal set to become first Premier League club to resume training
The Premier League and other leagues are evaluating ways and methods that will see the return of football.
Teams in Spain are planning to return to training in May.
The German Bundesliga is already drawing up a master plan that will see the league return to action in May too
In England, it’s Arsenal who are set to lead the way of Premier League teams hoping to return to active training.
Sky Sports have reported that Arsenal players will return to training next week as the club prepare to re-open their London Colney base to allow players observe their training.
Players will visit and complete their individual sessions as advised by Mikel Arteta and his backroom staff.
Arsenal are well aware of the restrictions set by the government and are mindful not to break the law while slowly integrate the players back to their normal training sessions.
This should come as good news to some of the Arsenal squad who have been caught breaking the social distancing rule recently.
Players have been ordered to return to their homes immediately after they are done with their shifts.
Everyone at the club will be hoping the decision to return to training earlier than some of their rivals will help them secure an UEFA champions League or Europa League spot.
The Gunners agreed a 12.5% pay cut after Mikel Arteta helped the club broker a deal with players, although they could get a full refund if they qualify for UEFA Champions League.
They will get a 7.5% refund if they make it to the Europa League.
Failure to meet any of these targets means they get no refund at all.
Some players are rumored to have revolted against the pay cut deal because of the nature of negotiations and the idea of an outright pay cut.