'To say I wasn’t concerned would be a little obtuse' Graham Potter on coronavirus ahead of Brighton vs Arsenal

Albion head coach Graham Potter insists he and his players will approach their Premier League match against Arsenal in a professional manner amid the threat of the coronavirus.

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter
Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter

Brighton are set to face Arsenal in the Premier League at the Amex following a week that has witnessed leagues across Europe suspended or playing matches behind closed doors.

Arsenal have had players in self-isolation this week as a precaution following a recent meeting with Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos FC owner Evangelos Marinakis - who confirmed he tested positive for the virus.

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The UK government is considering banning UK sporting fixtures amid the outbreak but it will not happen immediately.

“There is a concern globally about something which is unprecedented," said Potter. “Our job is to be professional.

“The concern as a human being is we are in the middle of a pandemic. To say I wasn’t concerned would be a little obtuse, I think.

“You understand the bigger picture, you understand the global situation, but we are going to be guided by the authorities in terms of what we need to do and then we will do our best.

“There are countries on lockdown, things that haven’t happened since the Second World War. It seems a little bit shallow of me to speak about what I would want on a football level.

“Whatever they decide, of course we will support it.”