Arsenal boss Arteta tests positive for COVID-19

Tyler Hromadka

Mikel Arteta has actually tested positive for coronavirus and the Arsenal team are anticipated to self-isolate, the Gunners have verified.

The club stated in a statement released on Thursday that its London Colney training center has been closed as a result of the medical diagnosis.

Arsenal verified personnel and players who had “recent close contact” with Arteta would enter into self-isolation, which includes the entirety of the first team.

“Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with government health guidelines,” a declaration from the Gunners read.

” We anticipate this to be a substantial number of individuals from Colney, consisting of the full first-team team and coaching personnel, in addition to a smaller number of individuals from our Hale End Academy which we have actually likewise briefly closed as a safety measure.

” We anticipate those who did not have close contact with Mikel to go back to work in the coming days. In the meantime, our Colney and Hale End training centers will go through a deep tidy and our other club websites are operating as normal.”

Arteta stated: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”

Arsenal’s statement came quickly after the Premier League verified this weekend’s fixtures, consisting of the Gunners’ journey to Brighton and Hove Albion, which will proceed as prepared.

However following Arteta’s positive test it promises Arsenal’s schedule will deal with more disruption after Wednesday’s game versus Manchester City was called off.

That match was suspended after news broke that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis had actually contracted coronavirus.

Olympiacos knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League in February and Marinakis remained in participation for the second leg at Emirates Arena.

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Arsenal suggested they anticipate more component postponements amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates,” the club stated.

The Premier League’s statement that games would continue followed British prime minister Boris Johnson suggested the federal government was thinking about holding off sporting occasions.

Nevertheless, in reaction to the news that Arteta had actually contracted COVID-19, the Premier League called an emergency situation club conference for Friday.

Arsenal’s handling director Vinai Venkatesham stated: “The health of our individuals and the broader public is our concern which is where our focus is. Our ideas are with Mikel who is dissatisfied however in great spirits.

” We remain in active dialogue with all the appropriate individuals to handle this scenario properly, and we eagerly anticipate returning to training and playing as soon as medical suggestions permits.”

The club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi added: “Mikel and the full first-team team, players and personnel, will be completely supported, and we eagerly anticipate returning to training and playing as soon as medical advice permits.

Undoubtedly Mikel’s full recovery is the priority now for all of us.”

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