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BREAKING NEWS: Arsenal boss Arteta tests positive for coronavirus

  • Arsenal said in a statement on Thursday head coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus, throwing their next game into doubt.
Modified 13 Mar 2020, 04:04 IST
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus and the Arsenal squad are expected to self-isolate, the Gunners have confirmed.

The club said in a statement released on Thursday that its London Colney training centre has been closed as a result of the diagnosis.

Arsenal confirmed staff and players who had "recent close contact" with Arteta would go into self-isolation, which includes the entirety of the first team.

"Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines," a statement from the Gunners read.

"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."

Published 13 Mar 2020, 04:04 IST
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