Arsenal have issued a statement stating that their head coach, Mikel Arteta, is in an improved condition after positively contacting COVID-19.
Arteta was the first figure to contact the corona virus in the Premier League and several clubs have imposed independent isolation on their players and staff, while the competition delay was extended until at least April 30 because of the pandemic.
Arteta’s wife, Lorena Bernal, recently revealed that her husband is feeling fine while doing independent isolation at home. And now, the club confirms that the Spanish tactician is gradually improving and he has regular contact with the coaching staff member and his players.
“Our training centers in London Colney and Hale End were closed for deep cleaning after Mikel was tested positive for the corona virus, but has now reopened and some workers will carry out maintenance of the training facility and field,” read a statement on the official Arsenal website.
“A number of staff, including Mikel and the men’s first team squad, are currently isolating at home. We are happy to say that Mikel feels much better. He is excited, doing detailed planning with the coaching staff and talks to the players regularly.
“The women’s team and academy are also at home. All of our players hope to return to the training field as soon as the situation allows. The players have been given special training and diet lists to follow at home, they also get in touch with our coaches and support staff every day. As you can see from social media, some of them are certainly embracing this new, changing world. ”
Regarding the extension of the postponement of the league, Arsenal added: “We fully support the decision agreed at the Premier League shareholders’ meeting. Of course we all want to return to play as soon as possible, but only when it is safe to do.”