Mikel Arteta sends message to Arsenal fans after testing positive for coronavirus

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

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists he is ‘feeling better already’ after testing positive for coronavirus and has praised the decision to suspend the Premier League.

The Gunners confirmed on Thursday that Spanish boss Arteta had contracted COVID-19 and that the club was now in lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus.

Shortly after the announcement, the Premier League postponed Saturday’s fixture between Arsenal and Brighton and confirmed they would be holding an emergency meeting with all top-flight clubs on Friday meeting.

This morning, the Premier League confirmed all of this weekend’s matches would be called off and all professional football in England suspended until at least April due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Arsenal manager Arteta has praised the decision to suspend the Premier League, tweeting on Friday afternoon: ‘Thanks for your words and support. Feeling better already.

‘We’re all facing a huge & unprecedented challenge. Everyone’s health is all that matters right now.

‘Protect each other by following the guidelines & we’ll come through this together.Well done PL for making the right decisions.’

On Friday, it was confirmed the Champions League and Europa League would also be suspended.

Arsenal said on Thursday that they expected a ‘significant number of people’ associated with the club to self-isolate, including the full first-team squad.

‘The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is,’ said Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham.

‘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.’

Head of football at Arsenal, Raul Sanllehi, added: ‘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.’

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