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Arsenal manager Arteta tests positive for coronavirus

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) – which has lead to the Gunners’ Gameweek 30 match at Brighton to be postponed.

The news was revealed in an official club statement on Thursday evening that explained the Spaniard would, in line with government guidelines, begin a period of self-isolation.

Included in the statement was confirmation that Arsenal’s London Colney training centre had been closed and that a “significant” number of individuals who work there will also self-isolate.

This is expected to include the “full first-team squad and coaching staff” although it must be remembered that West Ham’s squad and manager David Moyes were all in contact with Arsenal in Gameweek 29.

Furthermore, Arsenal also faced League One club Portsmouth at Fratton Park over the last 10 days.

“Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result this evening. Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution.” – Arsenal statement

The news came just a short time after the Premier League had issued a statement of their own to insist that all Gameweek 30 matches were scheduled to go ahead as normal.

However, this latest update is likely to put paid to that directive, as the entire Arsenal squad is now unavailable for their Gameweek 30 trip to Brighton.

As a result, the Seagulls announced later on Thursday evening that their meeting with the Gunners had now been called off.

“First and foremost our thoughts are with Mikel Arteta and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“It’s absolutely essential the health and wellbeing of individuals takes priority and with that in mind, Saturday’s match has been postponed. We apologise to all fans for any inconvenience but trust everyone will understand that we are all facing an unprecedented situation. As expected, the Premier League have now released a subsequent statement announcing an emergency meeting with all clubs on Friday morning.” – Brighton chief executive, Paul Barber

“In light of Arsenal’s announcement tonight confirming that their first-team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning regarding future fixtures. The Premier League will make no further comment until after that meeting.” – Premier League statement

For all of Thursday’s COVID-19 related updates read our earlier round-up by CLICKING HERE.

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  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

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1,048 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    If all games were cancelled

    Would FPL just disregard this week too?

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      FPL probably just freezes the way it is

    2. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      we would all score 0

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Apart from those who took a hit.

        1. Marmalade Forest
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Would you kick them out of your LMS?

          “This week the safety score is -0.3... X remain”

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Good question, probably leave everyone in and lift %'s.

    3. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Hopefully last week too 🙂

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        They should do really

    4. Manani
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      My guess is the score u have right now is the final if it's actually cancelled

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks all I would be on a -4 in that case!

  2. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    The season cannot end without a final standings. What about next season in Europe?
    Who qualifies?
    Euros will be off
    League will finish over summer.
    Shortened season next season
    Euro 2021

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      All of this can be sorted out...

    2. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Of course it can, if the season is voided then we just got again with the same next year.

      1. MOTHRA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        ^ that

  3. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    We're in uncharted territory.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Fail reply to Martial.

  4. FreddyP3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Wc37 bb38 and enjoy 15*9 players

  5. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    @MiguelDelaney
    Coronavirus football latest:

    - officials at some clubs disagree with PL decision to continue, and want suspension
    - a small minority want it voided (unlikely)
    - Arteta case has seen emergency meeting called for tomorrow morning

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      lol, both Manchester clubs, Spurs and Norwich must all want voiding.

      1. Benteke Fried Chicken
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        United don’t, means Europa again, 5th could be champs league.

      2. Silecro
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        As a non englishman, what "voiding" means?

        1. Ragabolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Means as if it never happened, start next season from scratch

        2. Carlton_Goal
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Just pretend this season never happened and start next season the same as this one started. No teams relegated/promoted, same teams in Champions League and Europa League etc

        3. Soto Ayam
          2 months, 14 days ago

          To cancel.

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        No way United want it voided, would lose out on a chance for CL football

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I'd take another year in the Europa if it meant Liverpool don't win the league.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            So would I but the board are corporate and they make the decisions based on financial reasons only

  6. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    If FPL gets cancelled, how would you deal with a cash league?

    I run a cash league for 22 of us. 1st/2nd are likely to be 1st/2nd come end of season as they have 80-120 gap on everyone else.

    But 3rd/4th have more chips than 1st/2nd who have no chips left?

    £300 1st
    £100 2nd
    £20 3rd

    Whats the fair way to deal with this?

    1. pablo discobar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      You either void it or pay out as it is

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Even though 3rd/4th will never catch1st/2nd I know they’ll lean on their chips and say they possibly could have won or come second..... So pay out as is doesn’t seem fair in someways.

        But then void isn’t fair because why should the bottom half of the league get their money back....?

        Confusing!

    2. Londongeezaa
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Give everyone the money back.

      1. waldo666
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        This.

      2. MOTHRA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        ^ this. It’s all voided. You are following the PL.

    3. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Keep the money and do a runner

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        😆

    4. ItsJonesy
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Refund everyone’s entry fees. We run a cash league also and contemplating the same.

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        See above that I said to Pablo. Let me know your thoughts on that?

    5. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Just give everyone their money back

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Why should bottom half get anything back, they’d never have reached 1/2/3.....?

        1. JohnRoss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I don't think that's the point. The FPL is based on 38 games and if that doesn't happen then the event is void regardless of where you are

          1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I understand your thinking. But if you were in 1st or 2nd you wouldn’t want to be getting £20 back and seeing last place receive £20 back.

            It’s not fair IMO.

    6. Zio
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Give each player 25 points for each chip left? Its not an exact science of course...

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        WC cost points last GW.

    7. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I'm quite a way ahead in ours - I would think the fair way is to just pay out , as each manager of the month has been paid out so far. But, I can see a situation where the remaining money is divided by everyone who took part, therefore all receiving £16 of our original £20 back. I'd be gutted mind

    8. Releasebreaks
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      wait for more news, for sure the league cannot be canceled, but suspended..

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Hopefully! Would make my life easier that’s for sure lol !

    9. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I would want my money back. Can't pay as it is because some haven't used their chips. Massivly unfair

      You could split the cash prize in half. Give folk half their entry fee back or keep it in pot for next season and pay the top 3 half of the prize ( 1st gets £50)

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        This is quite a good idea actually! Thanks.

        Food for thought.

    10. Carlton_Goal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      No fair way to predict what would have happened. Just give everyone their money back

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        1st is on 1741 points, last is on 1260 points.

        You can guarantee last isn’t coming 1st 2nd or 3rd.....

        1. Carlton_Goal
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I mean mathematically it would be possible but I get what you mean. You'd need to define how many points is realistic to catch. Although I could see people taking issue with this if it wasn

          1. Carlton_Goal
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            *wasn't defined at the start of the season. Perhaps split the money evenly between anyone that could realistically still finish in the top 3?

    11. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Depends on what position you are in.

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        How would you play things?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          At quick glance, 1st and 2nd should get the majority but chips can be very powerful so no idea.

          1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            This is the issue I’ve got ! I agree with this thinking because of the gap at the top. I’ll have to think of something along these lines.

            Anyway hopefully even if BPL gets suspended, FPL will continue when it resumes.

            Who knows, just got the league all asking me questions 😆

            1. Soto Ayam
              2 months, 14 days ago

              It's an unprecedented situation so in sure people will be okay with whatever you do. There was no way to plan for it. I'd call it quits, give all back their money if the league is cancelled. Frees you from any bs.

    12. Blueberg
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I'm in same position. Running the league and winning by about 100 pts. Gunna have to just pay out on current standings. I've only used TC, everyone below has used more chips. It wouldnt be fair to me to refund everyone... when I have very little chance of not winning should the league continue. Fair?

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Problem is, you may not have used your chips, but 3rd May have used less chips than 2nd, or 4th might have used less chips than 3rd......

        It’s a mess.

        Got to try and find a balance somehow which doesn’t involve people at the bottom getting their money back, and somehow rewards people who are in very strong positions to win the league, or reach a cash position in the league (1st 2nd 3rd).....

        1. Blueberg
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          If you want to absolutely be fair and spend a lot of time... you would need to look at everyone's chips that have been played, work out on average how many points each chip has gained people across the league. Then once you have an average gain for each chip, add that to each person's score that still has the chip intact.

          1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            That’s fair, nobody could argue with this.....

            Thanks

    13. 2EyedTurk
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Tempted to pay out half the prizes and roll the rest over to next year. Fair??

    14. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      If there is 22 of you, how is the prize fund £420? Some Az-ery going on?

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        🙂

        1st £320
        2nd £100
        3rd £20

        1. Jambot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          That’s £440

          1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I know?

    15. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      what if you divided the money up so the top 4 share it all evenly.

      or everyone gets some cash, more for the current first place, the least for last.

      Could be your only way of getting more than £20, if you're in the top 2 that is.

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Yes that’s true.

        Somehow work out a way that gives anyone money but last place gets the lowest and it increases position by position.

        Would have to work out a % ratchet Increase per increase in league position.

        1. GREEN IS GOOD
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          and you might get support for that idea

          1. GREEN IS GOOD
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            depends how arsey they are

    16. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Follow the official way the FPL handles it. If they say "Season over, congratulations to RandomCasual23 for finishing #1!" then you pay out according to standings. If FPL say "FPL 2019/20 is considered void" then you give everyone their money back.

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I think this is the correct answer. Have to take your steer from what the official game does, though some people will still feel peeved.

    17. Strchld
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Thats really annoying, Im first in my league, have 40 players out and first get 1400 $.

      1. Strchld
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Really dont want to get cancelled. Suspended for month is okay.

    18. Marmalade Forest
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Simulate each week on Football Manager.

    19. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I’m going Do the equivalent of whatever them premier league do so it’s not my decision. Eg If they void them I’ll pay everyone back their entry’s

  7. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    How things unfolded on Thursday

    ■ 14:06 GMT - Brendan Rodgers says three Leicester City players have self-isolated after showing symptoms.
    ■ 16:00 GMT - Manchester City's Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid, due to take place on Tuesday, is postponed.
    ■ 17:25 GMT - Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK government is considering banning sporting fixtures - but it will not happen immediately.
    ■ 20:45 GMT - Manchester City say defender Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating as a precaution.
    ■ 21:30 GMT - The Premier League announces all this weekend's games "will go ahead as scheduled".
    ■ 22:17 GMT - Arsenal say manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus.
    ■ 22:33 GMT - The Premier League announces it will hold "an emergency club meeting" on Friday to discuss future fixtures.

    1. some witty pun
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Chelsea also cancelled its training due to a "scare"

    2. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      hectic

    3. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Saturday 11.20 GMT

      @sean_from_enderby leaks Leicester team with Vardy starting...

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        :lol;

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      It’s like the preamble of a gripping post-apocalyptic fiction page turner

      Fast forward to 5 years later...

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        This is all very opening chapters of The Stand.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          M-O-O-N

          Spells Covid... or is it Captain Tripps???

      2. Happy Chappy
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        ....and soylent green is the staple foodstuff!

  8. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    If the league is postponed then Jose will be delighted. Son and Kane back big difference

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Could clinch us 8th place!!

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      He'd be the ultimate lucky special one.

    3. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      And when he continues to lose what will be his excuse?

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Prolly Ndombele's fault.

        1. Syd.
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Most likely 😆

    4. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yes i would love it too. Ideal situation

  9. FPL Kakarot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    So ......... player price predictions for next season?

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      #TooSoon

    2. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Kane 7.5 midfielder

    3. Releasebreaks
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      B.Fernandes 10.5

      1. Ivor Mac
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        9.5 toolbox

  10. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 14 days ago

    No offence guys but this is more serious than FPL right now. My thoughts and prayers to out to you Mikel, I hope you recover.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Log off then 🙂

      1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        😆

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      You don't need to be saying no offence guys Fudgy. Nothing is more important than saving lives.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks mate

    3. Catenaccio FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Believe me Arteta will be just fine.. The best doctors will already be besides him.. Pray for the poor that call the hospitals and nobody responds.

  11. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    If the season gets voided as well as being no winner does that mean no teams will be relegated and the season will just start from scratch at some point in the future?

    Also will the other European competitions just start from scratch again?

    1. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      No one knows. They haven't even cancelled anything yet.

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Hopefully the GAA do same and Mayo stay up!

      Joking , we're crap 😉

    3. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yes. German league is considering doing this apparently

  12. Yank Revolution
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    The least likely outcome is 'voiding' the season. That simply won't happen.

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      It will depend on how bad the whole situation gets.

      In the end of the day it’s only a sport

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        It would just end 'as is'. Pool champions, standings locked into place.

        1. waldo666
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          No way that will happen imo.

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Why? Its the most logical, reasonable and fair. The chances of 'starting up' again seems like a logistical nightmare unless its only a brief delay, then it could work.

            1. waldo666
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              I would counter that it is the exact opposite of all those things. If it goes on too long for a postponement to be viable then I certainly think the whole season is essentially wiped from the books and go again next (providing ofc that everything is in order by then).

              1. Yank Revolution
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Too many games played already to 'wipe it out'. This isnt the Thanos snap. Those matches happened. And there were a lot of them. Voiding it (aka "pretending it didnt happen") is just a ridiculous solution.

                1. waldo666
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Almost as ridiculous as awarding the current standings as they are now with still 8 matches to be played.

              2. MOTHRA
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Exactly that Waldo.

                It’s annoying, but fair.

    2. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      It is hard to see what else could happen to it if no football can be played for a few months if not longer.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        They'd just declare the season 'over'. We have professional player strikes in the US in various sports and when its interfered with the season (lost games) that's what happens, so there's a precedent of sorts.

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          This feels more like a war time situation.

          The league was abandoned after 2 or 3 league matches in 1939 and voided i think.

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I'd agree if it was only a handful of matches already played so far. But we are 3/4 of the way through a season here.

    3. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Panic levels will increase, UK hasn’t reached peak levels yet

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I think it will starting tomorrow. Its ramping up everywhere, hour by hour.

    4. Benteke Fried Chicken
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Agreed.

    5. MOTHRA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I think it’s probable.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Can't pretend all of those matches weren't played tho. That's just dumb.

        1. MOTHRA
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Dumb it may seem to be, but it’s the only fair solution for ALL teams to face the same result. Regardless of position, number of games, who they’ve played etc... remove all the variables and restart.

    6. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      They'll move the euros and delay the start to next season if they have to

      Only 8 games to be played

  13. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    No to captaining Auba then?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Won't matter at this rate. I suppose its worth putting your (C) on someone typically reliable regardless of fixture anyway.

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Wasn't last GW enough?

    3. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      after 29 gameweeks id have thought you may have learnt

    4. Releasebreaks
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      if the gw30 starts, use your captain earlier match as possible...

      1. GREEN IS GOOD
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        and VC in a different match

  14. yakirh
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    So much for saving the chips for the end of the season

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Casuals were prepared.

      1. Happy Chappy
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Casuals have all the toilet paper too.

    2. SteveWOLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Ha, remember that

  15. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    They should request each team provide a player representative to play out the remaining fixtures, on FIFA.

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      or Football Manager

      1. waldo666
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Definitely FM

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Subbuteo matches that take place inside plastic bubbles? And gas masks, of course.

  16. Baravan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Lucky Mourinho

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      spared a drubbing by Ole

  17. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Any chance of some games being cancelled? Like Arsenal vs Brighton West Ham vs Wolves (played Arsenal last week)?

    1. lespaul
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Do you mean postponed?

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      All of them.

    3. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Has to be.

    4. Reeker
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Probably all of them at this rate mate

  18. michaelington
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Really think people are over reacting here. Cancel the premier league? You really think they would do that?
    Euros will be put back a year and the season will finish later than usual due to postponed games.

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      So many hidden agendas on here.

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        It's sad to see that in a serious situation like this, people gave agendas based on who they support and what their rivals are doing

    2. MOTHRA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Dude, if the virus is peaking in June and July, when will they play?

      1. michaelington
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Behind closed doors for the rest of the season if needs must. A period of suspension until it settles.

        1. MOTHRA
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          That makes sense, but what happens when players or as in Arteta’s case has the virus. The games will be postponed. Ultimately time will run out. I think if this were October rather than March, there may be enough time. But now, I doubt there is. But this is wild speculation of course, based on a peak in June/July.

    3. Benteke Fried Chicken
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      This

    4. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Think you're underestimating how long this could go on and how serious the disruption could be

      Very hard to predict but voiding surely a possibility

  19. Sturridge Wars
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Which one?

    A) Alonso ( Free Hit GW31 )
    B) Doherty. ( field 8 GW31 & take -8 )

    1. Catenaccio FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Sure you have a life. Stop fooling yourself.

      1. Sturridge Wars
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I’ve made 2 posts today. You’ve made 7 Gg. Grow up and go away if you got no positive feedback

        1. Catenaccio FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Ok seriously now... Either you are insane or you are a troll.. All PL matches will be postponed and you are asking for advice?

          1. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Just ignore him mate. It’s a troll

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A. -8 is too much to plan in when all of this is going on too.

      1. Sturridge Wars
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers. Thanks for an answer unlike some

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Yeah, the sarcasm and banter is already running a bit dry.

          It's still an FPL forum.

          I've got 5/6 players that are either now injured, bench worries or in self-isolation. Of course I'll be biding time to see if any of it will blow over naturally... but I still wouldn't mind discussing good transfer options for the likes of Periera considering the rest, giving he's out for the season now! (If the rest of it will even exist.)

    3. MOTHRA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A

    4. Releasebreaks
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      No time for this now due to corona

    5. melvinmbabazi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      C) COVID-19

  20. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Be honest, did you think Ighalo was a rubbish signing?

    https://youtu.be/vjJJZUTUEAc?t=88

    1. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Hoping he can do it against even stronger opposition like Harrogate or something but yes incredible goal. World class signing

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Any recognised forward is an improvement on what we have at spurs.

    3. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

      Belgium farmers don’t count

    4. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      You will ruin him.

    5. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Not bad for the 4 games hes going to play!

  21. Benteke Fried Chicken
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Quick one guys, pretty confused. After the Olympikos owner was diagnosed with coronavirus, why was the wolves game with them allowed to run?!

    1. Benteke Fried Chicken
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Cheers guys.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        No worries mate

        1. Benteke Fried Chicken
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I’ll give you a chocolate fudge if you tell me

    2. DrCongo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Because UEFA is a farce

  22. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    We can speculate all we want but the situation is so fluid they could make a decision tomorrow to do something and it could be changed within days.

    Just look at tonight’s sequence of events

    1. KDB4PREZ
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah no doubt in my kind games will be off this week

    2. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Exactly. I think it's sensible for the PL to say temp suspended until further notice. No need to put a timeline on an unknown situation

      1. KDB4PREZ
        2 months, 14 days ago

        What way would GW29 points work considering the DGW didn’t happen? Everyone get 0? Or just let points accumulated until now without the City v arsenal games points?

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I really have no idea what FPL will do

          1. KDB4PREZ
            2 months, 14 days ago

            4 paid in our league I was 2nd before W/C in GW28 and now 5th so it sure matters to me lol

  23. KDB4PREZ
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Would GW29 be scrapped and everyone get 0 points? Or is that for this week?

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Fixtures would be played at a later date to be agreed

    2. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      some will get -4, -8, etc

  24. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    In all fairness, of course we all know the current situation is volatile - but I think people need to lay off making silly sarcastic comments for people still asking FPL transfer options, and the like. (Especially when they're not being sarcastic.)

    We can still have a sensible discussion about best players, bearing in mind the fixtures may be postponed, moved or cancelled.

    1. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      This

  25. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    To me there are two options here:

    1. EURO 2020 is pushed back into 2021, then suspend the EPL and recommence in June / July and play out remaining games whilst pushing back commencement of 2020/2021 season.
    2. They void all English leagues completely, I can’t see how they can complete on current standings, OK Liverpool deserve to be champions, but relegation is tight, and all the other leagues too.

    The plot continues to thicken.

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      The lawyers vote for 2.

      1. MOTHRA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Lawyers will win.

      2. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        EPLs lawyers, or liverpools ?

    2. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Problem with June / July is that is the period the government expects Coronavirus to be at its peak

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Do you believe this government mate? Probably reaches peak way before just going off other countries alone

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          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Let's keep it non-political please 🙂

            1. fcsaltyballs
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              lol, just a bit of bants

              1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Maybe, but regardless we have to draw the line somewhere. Always going to be a bit more relaxed with everything that's going on, but still isn't the place to discuss politics 🙂

                1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  (I know you weren't trying to start a debate or anything, don't worry)

                  1. fcsaltyballs
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    yeah sorry mate, i kinda didnt even think it was political but appreciate it can be viewed that way... anyway, the DZ has never been so lively has it

                    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 14 days ago

                      Seems evening / late night releases is the fashionable thing now!

      2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        It said May on the radio. Who knows. It only takes a few idiots ignoring the advice

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          what advice... carry on as normal is pretty much the UK govt advice lol

      3. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        agreed, if they postpone, I dont think 1 month is enough

    3. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      3 everything is cancelled as we aint even peaked yet and this is going to get real nasty

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        was there ever this much hype with swine flu?

    4. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Option 3a and 3b: 3a) Standings frozen as is. Season declared over for all leagues. Pool are Prem champs, but mayyyybe there's no relegation or promotion. 3b) Or, there is relegation and promotion. Act of God and all.

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        its not an Act of God, its an act of a wreckless barbaric human in China

    5. Blueberg
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I've heard the coronavirus isn't even real, just made up to stop liverpool winning the league. And they are paying actors and sportspeople money to pretend they have caught it to keep up the illusion.

  26. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Was Arteta on freekicks for Everton? Himself and Tim Cahill used to the first picks in my FPL team.

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I don't think the self isolation backdates 10 years mate

    2. chinmusic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Free kicks and penalties.

  27. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Brighton vs Arsenal confirmed off 100%

    If that wasn’t obvious lol

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Source ??

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Check Brighton Twitter

      2. Lazaretti
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        BBC

  28. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Brighton v arsenal is off

  29. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Oh well, 3 bookies have already paid me out on Liverpool but what an anti-climax. And Bees pushing for a playoff place. They should all play FIFA against each other behind closed doors. As long as family and friends with underlying health problems are ok, I guess that's the important issue, although I was catching my ML leader ha

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Omg I just remembered I have a massive bet on Vardy to score 20 goals or more...

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        is he on 19? hope he scores v WAT this weekend

  30. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Arteta could have done a bubble boy surely?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQzW73WRrYM