Premier League return: June 17 tabbed as restart date, reportedly will feature Arsenal vs. Manchester City
Here's what to know about play resuming
We are less than three weeks away from Premier League action returning. The league announced Thursday that it will resume play on June 17. The announcement came after a vote from shareholders. Two games will be played on June 17, a Wednesday, including Manchester City vs. Arsenal, according to The Telegraph. It will be the first Premier League action in more than three months as the league was shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A full round of fixtures is expected to be scheduled for the weekend of June 19-20, the report says. The City vs. Arsenal game is a make-up from a prior matchday that was set to be completed right before the coronavirus outbreak. The initial news of the game's postponement came before Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19.
Premier League clubs returned to training earlier this month and voted to allow contact training this week. The U.K. government also gave the league a green light to return in June.
Aston Villa will also host Sheffield United on June 17, and then all teams would have 29 matches played and be on level terms heading into the weekend.