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Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Arsenal’s Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta gestures on the touchline through the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and West Ham on the Emirates Stadium in London on March 7, 2020. Ian KINGTON / AFP


Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta has examined constructive for the coronavirus, prompting the Premier League to announce they may maintain an emergency assembly on Friday to debate future fixtures.

Arsenal have closed their coaching floor because of Arteta’s constructive take a look at, with Gunners gamers and membership employees who had latest contact with the Spaniard now pressured to self-isolate.

“This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly,” Arteta stated in an announcement on Arsenal’s web site.

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

Arsenal confirmed the shock information simply minutes after the Premier League had stated all fixtures would go forward this weekend regardless of the unfold of the worldwide pandemic.

Arsenal, on account of play at Brighton within the Premier League on Saturday, stated it was “clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates”.

Arsenal’s Premier League match at Manchester Metropolis on Wednesday was postponed and a number of other Gunners gamers went into self-isolation after Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest proprietor Evangelos Marinakis contracted the virus.

Marinakis, 52, met a lot of Arsenal’s gamers and employees when the Gunners confronted Olympiakos in a Europa League tie in February.

“Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive Covid-19 result this evening,” the Arsenal assertion stated.

“Arsenal personnel who had latest shut contact with Mikel will now self-isolate according to Authorities well being tips.

“We count on this to be a big variety of individuals from Colney, together with the complete first-team squad and training employees.”

Arsenal are actually attempting to hint some other individuals who could have had contact with Arteta.

 Premier League emergency 

Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham added: “The well being of our individuals and the broader public is our precedence and that’s the place our focus is.

“Our ideas are with Mikel who’s upset however in good spirits. We’re in energetic dialogue with all of the related individuals to handle this example appropriately, and we look ahead to getting again to coaching and enjoying as quickly as medical recommendation permits.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Thursday that the federal government was contemplating cancelling sporting occasions in the UK, however was not prepared to take action but.

However the information of Arteta’s constructive take a look at may power the Premier League to cancel English top-flight matches.

“In light of Arsenal’s announcement tonight confirming that their first-team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning regarding future fixtures,” the Premier League stated.

Arsenal are the newest Premier League membership to be hit by the virus.

Leicester revealed on Thursday that three of their gamers have self-isolated after exhibiting indicators of the virus.

Manchester Metropolis stated one unnamed member of their squad, reportedly France defender Benjamin Mendy, is in self-isolation after a member of the family suffered a respiratory sickness.

The relative is being handled in hospital and has undergone assessments for the coronavirus, which might trigger shortness of breath.

Chelsea reportedly cancelled coaching on Thursday after a member of employees confirmed indicators of the sickness.


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