Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta discusses contracting coronavirus & his recovery

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta & coronavirus

The first person to be confirmed with the coronavirus in the Premier League was Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

Arteta tested positive after coming into contact with Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis during a Europa League tie.

Soon after Marinakis confirmed on social media that he’d contracted Covid-19, it was confirmed that Arteta had, too.

The dominos quickly fell thereafter, as Arsenal’s scheduled Premier League match against Man City was postponed.


Mikel Arteta talks to La Sexta about contracting coronavirus & recovery

This week, Spanish TV station La Sexta spoke to Arteta about his experience with Covid-19.

The Gunners manager confirmed that he’s on the road to recovery after the illness.

On his wellbeing today, Arteta said:

I’m very well now, I feel that I have recovered.

It took me three or four days to start feeling much better and with more energy, to leave the symptoms behind and now, the truth is that I feel very well.

Arteta also explained how he found out he had the virus:

Everything happened very fast. On Tuesday afternoon I was feeling so-so and I went to see the doctor but he wasn’t there.

I got a call from the board of directors after training while I was in my car and they told me that the president of Olympiakos had tested positive and everyone that had been in contact was at risk.

I went on to tell them that I wasn’t feeling well and that we had a situation because we had lots of players that had been in contact with them [Olympiakos]. We had a game against Manchester City the next day and obviously we couldn’t put lots of people at risk without saying anything.

I had the test done last Wednesday and I was diagnosed on Friday, when we had to communicate it to the Premier League that I had tested positive.

Obviously all those that had been in contact with me had to go into quarantine, and consequently, games had to be suspended.


Arsenal suspend first-team training

Arsenal have also confirmed that they are suspending first-team training during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Gunners had been scheduled to return to work on Tuesday.

However, the club have now confirmed that that’s not happened, as it would be “inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time.”

In other Arsenal news, the club are also looking to continue payments to matchday and non-matchday casual workers until April 30th.

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