Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus, the Premier League club said.
A club statement said, “Our London Colney training center was closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result tonight.
“Arsenal staff who recently had close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in accordance with government health guidelines. We anticipate that this will be a significant number of people from Colney, including the entire first team and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number from our Hale End Academy which we also temporarily closed as a precaution.
We expect those who have not had close contact with Mikel to return to work in the coming days. In the meantime, our Colney and Hale End training centers will undergo a thorough cleaning and our other club sites will operate normally.
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Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham said, “The health of our employees and the general public is our priority and that is where we focus. Our thoughts are with Mikel who is disappointed but in a good mood. We are in active dialogue with all concerned to manage this situation appropriately, and we are impatient to resume training and play as soon as the medical opinion allows.
Football chief Raul Sanllehi added, “Mikel and the entire first team, players and staff will be fully supported, and we look forward to resuming training and playing as soon as the medical advice will allow it. Obviously, the complete recovery of Mikel is the priority for all of us. »»