Arsenal fans will love club’s brilliant gesture to staff amid coronavirus crisis

Arsenal say they will continue to pay casual staff until April 30 to “ease the financial uncertainty” of those who could be financially disadvantaged by the suspension of English football.

The Premier League, FA and EFL confirmed last week that there will be no competitive football in England until the end of next month in light of the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the United Kingdom.

That threatened the income of thousands of individuals across the country who earn some or all of their wages from matchday stewarding, security, casual coaching or any of the numerous other activities for which clubs such as Arsenal need staff on a temporary basis.

The Gunners employ over 1,000 casual staff on matchdays and other occasions. All will have their salaries covered until the end of next month at the very least with further decisions dependent on whether football resumes on April 30.

Managing director Vinai Venkatesham said: “We are truly grateful for the outstanding efforts of all our staff across the club every day. We rely on their tireless service to provide a first-class experience for our fans, on matchdays and non-matchdays.

“These are challenging times for everyone, but in particular our casual workers.  This gesture is intended to ease their financial uncertainty while football is currently suspended to 30 April 2020.

“We look forward to welcoming football back to Emirates Stadium as soon as possible.”

The club statement added: “This gesture reflects our gratitude to our casual workers and our desire to ease their financial concerns during this challenging period.

“This will be reviewed once the relevant authorities have made a further decision on when football can resume.”

Meanwhile Arsenal confirmed this morning that their first-team will not be returning to training on Tuesday when the self-isolation of around 100 members of staff who had been in contact with head coach Mikel Arteta comes to an end.

“Our men’s first team players were scheduled to return to training on Tuesday after completing 14 days isolation following Mikel Arteta’s positive diagnosis for the virus,” a club spokesperson said.

“”As a result of the current situation we are clear it would be inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time. Therefore our men’s first team, women and academy players are all remaining at home.”

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