Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has reassured supporters that he is already “feeling better” after he tested positive for coronavirus.
The Gunners released a statement on Thursday evening confirming that Arteta had been struck down with the virus, and their match against Brighton scheduled for this weekend was postponed.
Since then the Premier League have called off all football until April 4, with teams such as Everton and Bournemouth in self-isolation after a member of their squad also tested positive.
Arteta, however, has called for calm in his message on Twitter , and also commended the Premier League for taking the decision to suspend the division.
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“Thanks for your words and support,” he wrote on Twitter. “Feeling better already. We’re all facing a huge & unprecedented challenge. Everyone’s health is all that matters right now. Protect each other by following the guidelines & we’ll come through this together. Well done PL for making the right decisions.”
As well as Arteta, Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also tested positive, but he said he had already recovered from the virus.
“As you may be aware I had the virus for the last couple of days which I have recovered from,” he said in a video.
“I am following the health guidelines and self-isolating myself from everybody for the week. I hope to see everybody soon and hopefully will be back on the pitch very soon.”
It is not yet clear exactly when competitive football will return, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called for calm amid fears his team could miss out on their first title in 30 years.
“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all,” Klopp said.
“If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.”