In worrying news this evening, Mikel Arteta has tested positive for Coronavirus.
The Arsenal boss was tested after feeling unwell and the club have released a statement via the official website this evening.
Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result this evening.
Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution.
We expect those who did not have close contact with Mikel to return to work in the coming days. In the meantime our Colney and Hale End training centres will undergo a deep clean and our other club sites are operating as normal.
We will work with Public Health England on the next steps in regard to our facilities and staff, and with the Premier League, Football Association and relevant clubs around our forthcoming matches in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup.
It is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates. We will update supporters who have tickets for forthcoming games with more information as soon as possible.
We are now working to trace any other people who have had recent close contact with Mikel. We will let them know what has happened and they should follow the NHS guidance which is likely to recommend self-isolation.
Arteta says, “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
Let’s hope that as a 37 year old man he’s well capable of dealing with this, but the implications for our season remain to be seen.
Meanwhile, the Premier League have announced that all games this weekend should go ahead as normal.