NewsOne Nigeria reports that Arteta announced he has tested positive for the Coronavirus on Thursday night, March 12 after feeling unwell.
This online news platform understands that the Arsenal Manager and other members of the Arsenal playing staff had been in self-isolation on medical advice, after Olympiakos owner whom Arsenal played in the Europa league contracted the virus.
The Arsenal manager has, however, said he hopes to be back as soon as he’s allowed.
“This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly.
“I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed,” said Spaniard Arteta, 37.
NewsOne Nigeria reports that the Gunners have closed their training ground and club staff who had recent contact with Arteta will now self-isolate.
The Premier League will hold “an emergency club meeting” on Friday to discuss future fixtures.
The English Premier League club revealed they have closed their London Colney training ground after the result.
“Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result this evening.
Arsenal manager reveals coronavirus test result
“Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal expects a “significant number of people” will self-isolate, including first-team staff and coaches.
“The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is,” said club managing director Vinai Venkatesham.
“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 are due to play at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday (15:00 GMT).
Meanwhile, Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating as a precaution after a member of his family was admitted to hospital displaying symptoms of coronavirus, this is even as three Leicester City first-team players have also self-isolated after showing symptoms of coronavirus.