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Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus

 

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement the club said Arsenal employees who have had recent close contact with Arteta will now self isolate and that they expect this to be a significant number of people from the London Colney training centre 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.

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.”

Arsenal’s match with Manchester City on Wednesday was postponed. That decision was made because the owner of Greek club Olympiakos has been diagnosed with coronavirus, and he was at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London on Feb. 27.

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