Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus as club go into lockdown

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Gunners have closed their training ground and club staff who had contact with Arteta will now self-isolate.

Arteta said in a statement: ‘This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.’

Arsenal believe a ‘significant number of people’ – including first-team staff and coaches – will self-isolate and confirmed the Hale End Academy will also temporarily close.

Head of football at Arsenal, Raul Sanllehi, said: ‘Mikel and the full first-team squad, players and staff, will be fully supported, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.

‘Obviously Mikel’s full recovery is the priority now for us all.’

Managing director Vinai Venkatesham, meanwhile, added: ‘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.’

On Wednesday, Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Manchester City was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Premier League matches are at risk of being postponed this weekend
Premier League matches are at risk of being postponed this weekend (Picture: Getty)

The Gunners are due to play Brighton on Saturday but the Premier League fixture will now likely be postponed.

On Thursday, it was announced Man City defender Benjamin Mendy is in self-isolation as a precaution after a member of his family was admitted to hospital displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

Three Leicester City players are also self-isolating after falling ill.

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