Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has tested positive for coronavirus, the club has confirmed.
In a statement which was shared on Thursday night, the club confirmed that their London Colney training centre and Hale End Academy have been closed after the Spaniard received a positive COVID-19 result.
Everyone at the club who recently had close contact with the coach has now been placed on self-isolation in line with the government’s health guidelines.
The full first-team squad and coaching staff, a significant number of people from Colney, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy, will go through the process.
The statement also confirmed that the Colney and Hale End training centres will undergo a deep clean while those who did not have close contact with Arteta will return to work in the coming days at the club's sites which will be operating as normal.
“The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is, " a statement by Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham read.
"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.”
Arsenal's Head of football, Raul Sanllehi added: “Mikel and the full first-team squad, players and staff, will be fully supported, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows. Obviously, Mikel’s full recovery is the priority now for us all.”
Arteta himself expressed his disappointment at the situation as he hopes to recover and return to work in quick time: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
Arsenal's weekend game against Brighton and Hove Albion have been postponed till a later date, their second game that has been cancelled in the last seven days.