It has been announced that Arsenal’s head coach Mikel Arteta has received a positive COVID-19 result.
The club broke the news on Twitter, sharing a link to their official statement.
Arsenal have reported that it’s London Colney training ground has been closed as a result of Mikel Arteta’s diagnosis, while Arsenal staff who have come into contact with the coach recently are now in self-isolating.
Of the news, Managing director Vinai Venkatesham said: “The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is. Our thoughts are with Mikel who is disappointed but in good spirits. We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.”
Arteta has said: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
Mikel Arteta’s positive result comes hours after the UK entered its ‘delay’ response phase to the infection which has killed 12 people in the country so far.