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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta diagnosed with coronavirus

The club has confirmed all first team players will now self-isolate

12 March, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been diagnosed with coronavirus

ARSENAL have revealed manager Mikel Arteta is in self-isolation after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Players and staff who have been in recent close contact with Arteta will now self-isolate, with the club confirming they expect this to be a “significant number of people”, including the whole first team squad.

The club says its London Colney training ground has been closed, and it is also closing its Hale End academy as a precaution.

Speaking after the diagnosis was confirmed, Arteta 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 a statement on its website the club said: “We will work with Public Health England on the next steps in regard to our facilities and staff, and with the Premier League, Football Association and relevant clubs around our forthcoming matches in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup.

“It is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates. We will update supporters who have tickets for forthcoming games with more information as soon as possible.

“We are now working to trace any other people who have had recent close contact with Mikel.  We will let them know what has happened and they should follow the NHS guidance which is likely to recommend self-isolation.”

Several of Arsenal’s first team squad had already been isolating after coming into contact with the Olympiakos owner during last week’s Europa league defeat, which led to the postponement of Wednesday’s away game at Man City.

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