Friday 3 July, 2020

Arsenal boss Arteta tests positive for coronavirus

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self-isolation.

Arsenal were due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans -- unlike most other major sports.

However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.”

The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”

Arsenal's game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.

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