Arsenal FC deliver fresh update on Mikel Arteta as London Colney training ground re-opens.

Updated: Mar 21, 2020

The Arsenal manager contracted coronavirus, prompting the entire Gunners squad to go into self-isolation, and shortly after the Premier League suspended fixtures.

The Arsenal manager contracted coronavirus, prompting the entire Gunners squad to go into self-isolation last week. [Getty Images]

Arsenal football club have revealed Mikel Arteta is "feeling much better" after testing positive for COVID-19.


The north London club are now getting ready to welcome staff at the London Colney and Hale End base training ground following the good news as they were closed last week after confirming Arteta had contracted the coronavirus.


They also confirmed the Spaniard is in regular contact with his Gunners and members of his coaching staff, including those who are self-isolating.


The Premier League announced on Thursday that the 2019/20 campaign won’t resume until April 30 at the earliest, however, Arsenal are getting prepared to resume training.


A statement read on their official website: "You can imagine that as this fast-moving situation has developed, we have been taking extensive steps to ensure we keep operating efficiently while protecting our players and staff.


"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 women's and academy teams are also currently staying at home. All our players are looking forward to getting back out on the training pitches as soon as the situation allows.


"The players have been given specific training and dietary regimes to follow at home and are in daily contact with our coaches and support staff. As you will have seen from social media some of them are certainly embracing this changed new world."


The Gunners also gave their full backing on the decision made by the Premier League, EFL, the Football Association, along with the Women's professional game, the Professional Footballers' Association and the League Managers' Association that the initial suspension has been extended, adding: "You will have seen Thursday's announcement that the 2019-20 season will be extended indefinitely, and that the professional game is further postponed in England until at least April 30, 2020.


"We are fully supportive of this decision which was endorsed at Thursday morning's Premier League shareholder meeting. Of course, we all want to be back playing football as soon as we possibly can, but only when it is safe to be doing so."


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