Arsenal, the famous football club’s head coach Mikel Arteta was diagnosed with Coronavirus on 9 pm Thursday night. The club went into lockdown with London Colney and Hale End training centres closed followed by the emergency discussion for the future projects. Arsenal’s first-team squad and the coaching staff have decided to go for a self-quarantine for 14 days from the time they last had contact with Mikel Arteta. This implies they will not be training until their self-isolation ends by the end of March.
According to The Guardian, everyone who has been in contact with Mikel Arteta will have to self-isolate and this number might reach as high as 100. Reportedly, Mikel Arteta is in high spirits and is only frustrated about not being able to work. This is also believed to greatly impact on the domestic football season. In a statement released by Arsenal FC on the behalf of Mikel Arteta, “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I am allowed.”
According to Arsenal FC’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham, “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.”
Due to the self-quarantine, the Arsenal FC players will not be able to practice which would affect their fitness and form as well. During this time period, Arsenal FC will undergo a sanitizing and deep cleaning of the training facilities. All the players and the members of the staff will be tested for Coronavirus. Earlier this morning, a 19-year-old Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi was also tested positive with Coronavirus.
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