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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus

Posted on March 13, 2020

Arsenal have confirmed that manager Mikel Arteta has tested positively for Covid-19 – also known as coronavirus.

The north London club already had several players in self-isolation, after coming into contact with Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis who also tested positive, as per iSport football data API.“This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly,” Arteta told Arsenal’s official website.

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“I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”

“Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines,” an official statement continued.

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“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 is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.

“We will update supporters who have tickets for forthcoming games with more information as soon as possible.

This is the first confirmed case regarding Premier League football, after Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini were revealed to have contracted the virus this week.

Three Leicester players remain in self-isolation after reporting ‘coronavirus-like symptoms’ on Wednesday, while Chelsea did not train on Thursday after suffering a ‘major scare’ at their Cobham training centre, according to football data provider iSports API.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal or the Premier League will play their fixtures this weekend.

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