Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s medical team have put procedures in place to minimise the spread of germs as the club, like the rest of the world, comes to terms with the threat of the Coronovirus.
While the risk of contact and infection in the UK remains low, the club is well aware that it shouldn’t rest on its laurels especially with games in the Europa League taking players to foreign climes.
Football, Formula 1, athletics, tennis, golf and boxing have all had events in the Far East postponed in recent weeks while Manchester United’s new signing, Odion Ighalo, is still training away from his new teammates as a precaution having signed from Chinese side Shanghai Shenua.
“We have great doctors here and people who are looking after our health,” he told his pre-Newcastle press conference. “They have been putting a plan together to try to keep everybody in safe hands.
“We have some protocols we have to respect within the training ground.
“As far as I know, everything is under control but we have to be very aware.”
Back in 2009, Carlos Vela had to be instructed to stay at home away from his teammates after he invited pals from Mexico to visit him at London Colney in the middle of the swine flu outbreak.
“It [swine flu] looks to be a massive problem and we were asked to keep Vela at home on Tuesday, not to allow him to the training ground,” Arsene Wenger said at the time.
“It was down to the fact that he had a visit from Mexican friends, who came to visit him last week and who came to stay at our training ground.”