Manchester City send class message to Mikel Arteta after coronavirus diagnosis

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

Manchester City wished Mikel Arteta a ‘speedy recovery’ after Arsenal confirmed the Spaniard had tested positive for coronavirus.

The Gunners released a brief statement on Thursday night to announce that the squad had been placed in lockdown after Arteta tested positive for COVID-19.

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.’

The Gunners believe a significant amount of employees may have contracted the virus after coming into contact with Arteta and it’s inevitable that Saturday’s game against Brighton will be postponed.

Arteta left Manchester City in December to take up his first managerial role and Pep Guardiola’s side sent a class message to the Spaniard after his announcement.

‘Everyone at Manchester City wishes Mikel a speedy recovery,’ a statement from City read.

The Premier League announced around an hour before Arteta’s diagnosis that all weekend games would go ahead as scheduled but they have since confirmed that they will hold an emergency meeting on Friday.

Arsenal’s next two fixtures will have to be postponed at a bare minimum but it’s likely that all ten fixtures will now be delayed.

Manchester City ace Benjamin Mendy trained as normal with his team-mates on Thursday but has since gone into self-isolation through fears that a family member has contracted the virus.

Serie A has been shutdown for at least the next 30 days, while Ligue 1 is expected to become the next league to abandon fixtures. The NBA, NHL, MLS and NFL have all announced the suspension of their leagues.

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