Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi have both tested positive for coronavirus just hours after the Premier League announced this weekend’s fixtures will still go ahead.
Arteta, 37, became the first confirmed member of staff of a Premier League team to contract the disease, which was officially labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on Wednesday.
‘This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.’
Chelsea announced Hudson-Odoi, 19, had tested positive with COVID-19 at around midnight and said the training facility in Cobham, Surrey, will be partially closed.
Hudson-Odoi said in a video posted to Twitter this morning:
‘Hi guys, as you may be aware, I had the virus for the last couple of days, which I’ve recovered from. I’m following the health guidelines and self-isolating myself from everybody for the week. I hope to see everybody soon, and hopefully, be back on the pitch very soon. Take care.’
A statement said:
‘In light of Arsenal’s announcement tonight confirming that their first-team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning regarding future fixtures.
‘The Premier League will make no further comment until after that meeting.’
Over the past week, Arsenal have played against Portsmouth in the FA Cup and West Ham in the Premier League.
Handshakes were banned for the Premier League match, however, Arteta still came into physical contact with a number of people during the game.
He fist-bumped Bukayo Saka at full-time, and also embraced assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg, after hugging rival manager David Moyes before the game.