Arteta, Guardiola urge caution in welcoming fans back to stadiums

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said the Premier League and clubs should exercise caution in welcoming supporters back into stadiums after the British government announced plans on Friday aimed at reopening elite sports to fans from October 1.

Elite sport in Britain returned without fans last month after a near three-month shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the government is set to allow spectators at carefully selected trial events from late July to early August.

Arteta, whose positive test for Covid-19 led to the suspension of all elite soccer matches in England in March, said patience was key in bringing supporters back.

“Things are evolving in different countries in different ways. We’re all desperate to have our people back in the stadium and make football what it is,” Arteta told reporters ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal against Manchester City.

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