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Joe Montemurro admits Arsenal knew about WSL players' Dubai trip plans

  • Club insist future trips during lockdown will not be tolerated
  • Players must ‘understand they are role models’, says manager

Joe Montemurro has admitted that Arsenal were aware that some of their players were planning a winter break in Dubai before the trip that ended with one of them testing positive for the coronavirus and last week’s visit to Aston Villa postponed, but that such trips will not be tolerated in future either “from a sporting perspective [or] a global morality perspective”.

It had previously been reported that the club had not been informed of the players’ plans, but in the runup to this weekend’s WSL game against Reading the Arsenal manager said that “we had some official scenarios of players going to Dubai” before the government imposed tier 4 restrictions shortly before Christmas.

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