Arsenal have confirmed that manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.
Arteta has become the first confirmed member of staff of a Premier League team to contract the virus, which was officially labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on Wednesday.
The club released a statement on Thursday evening confirming the news, as worries continue to grow over the well-being of other figures in the sport.
The statement read: “The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is. 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.”
Managing director Vinai Venkatesham 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 added: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
The news comes not long after the Premier League confirmed their intention for all games to be played as normal this weekend.