English Premier League team Arsenal Football Club, on Thursday, 19th March, provided the latest update on manager Mikel Arteta’s health after testing positive for the novel Covid-19.

In a statement on its official website, Arsenal said: “Our training centres in London Colney and Hale End were closed for deep cleaning after Mikel’s diagnosis with the virus, but have now re-opened with a small workforce to maintain the facilities and training pitches.

“A number of staff, including Mikel and the men’s first team squad, are currently isolating at home. 

“We’re pleased to say that Mikel is feeling much better. He’s in good spirits, doing detailed planning with the coaches and speaking to the players regularly.”

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The 37-year-old Spaniard was diagnosed with the disease last week. He became the first staff member of an EPL team to contract the virus. The outbreak has halted many sports across the world.

The EPL was suspended after Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi were diagnosed with Covid-19.

The club also confirmed that all the players, including women and academy teams, are at home and are looking forward to getting back to the training pitches.

“All our players are looking forward to getting back as soon as the situation allows,” the club said.

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