Coronavirus: Arsenal Manager, Mikel Arteta Tested Positive
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Arsenal Football Club manager Mikel Arteta has tested for coronavirus – putting the rest of the Premier League season in doubt.
The whole first-team squad, coaches and support staff will now be placed in isolation for the next 12 days.
The Premier League announced it will now hold an “emergency club meeting” on Friday to discuss future fixtures – with clubs expecting they will not play for a month.
Arteta, 37, said: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. “I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
In light of the news, Brighton announced that Saturday’s game against Arsenal has now been called off. The Gunners’ London Colney training centre has also been closed.
Arteta, his coaching staff and the entire Arsenal team were tested for the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday after their match with Manchester City was postponed due to safety concerns.
The club have stressed that the Spaniard has had no contact with Olympiakos owner Evengelos Marinakis, with the source of his infection remaining a mystery.
Up to four Arsenal players had met with Marinakis after the Europa League clash with Olympiakos at the Emirates on February 27.