Arsenal say that Mikel Arteta is well on the road to recovery after being diagnosed last week with the Coronavirus/Covid-19 – the only names with which this virus should be known.
The boss remains in isolation, along with many playing staff, but is in regular contract with his coaches and is making plans for when things return to some kind of normality.
In a statement released today, the club said, “A number of staff, including Mikel and the men’s first team squad, are currently isolating at home.
“We’re pleased to say that Mikel is feeling much better. He’s in good spirits, doing detailed planning with the coaches and speaking to the players regularly.
“The women’s and academy teams are also currently staying at home. All our players are looking forward to getting back out on the training pitches as soon as the situation allows.”
Arsenal had planned for training to resume at London Colney next week, but with the fast-changing nature of developments, and restrictions on gatherings of people, it remains to seen if that is the case.
With regards to fixtures and tickets, Arsenal assure that, “All match tickets and purchased hospitality will be valid for rearranged fixtures once they are confirmed.
“Information about renewals for next season will be updated as soon as there is more clarity on when the current 2019/20 season will end.”
This comes in the wake of an official update earlier today which has pushed back the start date for football from April 4th to April 30th – all going well.
The club are also not shirking their responsibilities to the community, and part-time staff.
“We continue to support our local Islington community in these difficult times and we are in discussions with local groups to find new ways to support our most vulnerable groups as the situation develops,” the statement reads.
We are liaising with the local authority and the areas being explored range from providing online coaching and teaching, and staff volunteering to have regular phone contact with elderly local people feeling isolated.
“We are also looking into how we can support our casual workers.”