Thursday March 12 2020
Arsenal manager Arteta has Coronavirus

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for Coronavirus, confirm the club, but the Premier League is going ahead as normal.

“Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result this evening,” read a club statement.

“Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution. 

“We expect those who did not have close contact with Mikel to return to work in the coming days. In the meantime our Colney and Hale End training centres will undergo a deep clean and our other club sites are operating as normal.”

It comes after Leicester City put three players into self-isolation for showing Coronavirus symptoms, while Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy was also put into quarantine after a close relative was rushed from his home to hospital with respiratory problems.

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

There have already been two Serie A players who tested positive for Coronavirus, Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini

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