Arsenal in lockdown after manager Arteta tests positive for coronavirus

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Premier League club said on Thursday, with the first-team squad set to self-isolate as a result.

The club’s Hale End training centre has been temporarily closed.

“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,” Arsenal said in a statement.

Arteta, 37, who joined Arsenal in December after working as assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, said he had felt ill prior to taking the test.

The Premier League will hold an emergency club meeting on Friday regarding future fixtures after Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus.

“In light of Arsenal’s announcement tonight confirming that their first team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning,” the Premier League said in a statement.

Brighton & Hove Albion, who were scheduled to play Arsenal on Saturday, announced that the match had been postponed.

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