ARSENAL and Chelsea matches in America have been delayed an hour due to severe weather warnings.
The two teams are on a pre-season tour of the United States with rivals London to face off in the Florida Cup final this weekend.
But their preparations somewhat fizzled as bad weather in Orlando, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina pushed their games back.
Thunderstorms delayed Arsenal’s game against Orlando City by an hour, while Chelsea kicked off 75 minutes later against Charlotte FC.
Fans who were already seated in Exploria Stadium and Bank of America Stadium were asked to leave their seats and seek emergency shelter.
A message on the large screen on the Orlando ground read: “Severe weather. Please seek shelter.”
Meanwhile, Charlotte told her supporters: “Seek shelter. Due to inclement weather in the area, we kindly ask that you leave the seating bowl and take shelter in the lobby.
“Updates will be made as they become available.”
The delay did not affect Arsenal’s performance as they ran out easy 3-1 wins over their MLS opponents.
Gabriel Martinelli scored in the first half for the Gunners, with Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson adding goals in the second half.
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Mikel Arteta’s side have now won all four of their pre-season games this summer after also beating Ipswich, Nuremberg and Everton.
As for Chelsea, they failed to get the better of their opponents as they lost 5-3 on penalties.
Christian Pulisic’s goal appeared to be the difference between the Blues and Charlotte, only for the hosts to equalize in the 92nd minute through a Daniel Rios kick.
And the west London side failed to get the better of Christian Lattanzio’s side in the resulting shootout, with Conor Gallagher’s miss proving crucial.
Their flat display saw Thomas Tuchel tear his squad apart as he branded his men ‘not good enough’.