Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus, forcing the club postpone its game against Brighton on Saturday. In a statement by the club, Managing director Vinai Venkatesham said: “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.”
In the statement also, the ailing coach said: “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 have also closed their training ground and club staff that had recent contact with Arteta will now self-isolate.
Promising Mikel full support during this period, Arsenal’s Head of football, Raul Sanllehi told the Press that the head coach’s health is a priority to the club. 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.”
Following the Arsenal’s postponement of its Saturday’s game, the Premier League has confirmed it will convene an emergency meeting with clubs on Friday morning regarding fixtures.