Arsenal have announced the full first-team squad is in self-isolation after manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus, while Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi has also contracted the illness.
The Gunners published a statement on Thursday evening that said Arteta had been diagnosed with Covid-19. The news came one day after their Premier League clash against Manchester City was postponed after some at the club recently came into close contact with Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who has also contracted the coronavirus.
Arsenal closed down their London Colney training centre as a result of the most recent developments, saying “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.”
Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed their Premier League meeting at home to Arsenal has been postponed in light of the news, with more English fixtures expected to follow suit:
They aren’t the only London club affected by the spread of Covid-19, either, with Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi having also returned a positive test.
That being said, the Blues winger took to Twitter on Friday morning to reassure his followers he was “feeling good” and raring to recover:
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers also told reporters on Thursday that three of his players were showing symptoms of the coronavirus, with the Foxes scheduled to face Watford in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Soccer competitions around Europe have been suspended in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19. UEFA announced on Friday that the upcoming Champions League matches between Manchester City and Real Madrid, as well as Juventus and Lyon had also been postponed.