CORONAVIRUS: ARSENAL MANAGER MIKEL ARTETA TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 - TEAM ARE SELF-ISOLATING

• The entire first-team Arsenal squad has been told to self-isolate following Arteta's diagnosis.

• Arsenal's clash against Brighton on Saturday has been postponed following the announcement.In a statement, Brighton's chief executive Paul Barber said:

• "It's absolutely essential the health and wellbeing of individuals takes priority and with that in mind Saturday's match has been postponed.

• "We apologise to all fans for any inconvenience but trust everyone will understand that we are all facing an unprecedented situation."


ARSENAL HEAD COACH MIKEL ARTETA

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, the football club have confirmed.


The full first-team squad and anyone else who has been in recent close contact with Arteta has been told to self-isolate. Arsenal's clash against Brighton on Saturday has been postponed following the announcement.


Arsenal players train at London Colney


In a statement, Brighton's chief executive Paul Barber said:

"First and foremost our thoughts are with Mikel Arteta and we wish him a speedy recovery.


"It's absolutely essential the health and wellbeing of individuals takes priority and with that in mind Saturday's match has been postponed.


"We apologise to all fans for any inconvenience but trust everyone will understand that we are all facing an unprecedented situation."

Announcing Arteta's diagnosis, Arsenal said:


"Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result this evening. "Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with government health guidelines.


"We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff."


Mikel Arteta pictured at a training session at London Colney on 10 March

The statement added: "It is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.


"We will update supporters who have tickets for forthcoming games with more information as soon as possible.