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Coronavirus: Arteta and Hudson-Odoi test positive

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi have both been tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The news comes just hours after the Premier League announced that this weekend’s fixtures will still go ahead as planned.

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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, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution. ⠀ ⠀ We expect those who did not have close contact with Mikel to return to work in the coming days. In the meantime our Colney and Hale End training centres will undergo a deep clean and our other club sites are operating as normal. ⠀ ⠀ Managing director Vinai Venkatesham said: “The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is. Our thoughts are with Mikel who is disappointed but in good spirits. We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.” ⠀ ⠀ Head of football Raul Sanllehi added: “Mikel and the full first-team squad, players and staff, will be fully supported, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows. Obviously Mikel’s full recovery is the priority now for us all.” ⠀ ⠀ We will work with Public Health England on the next steps in regard to our facilities and staff, and with the Premier League, Football Association and relevant clubs around our forthcoming matches in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup. ⠀ ⠀ 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.⠀ ⠀ We are now working to trace any other people who have had recent close contact with Mikel. We will let them know what has happened and they should follow the NHS guidance which is likely to recommend self-isolation.

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37-year-old Arteta became the first confirmed case in the Premier League yesterday and the entire first-team squad as well as the coaching staff, will now be self-isolating in accordance with the most recent safety guidelines.

Meanwhile Chelsea announced that 19-year-old winger, Hudson-Odoi, had tested positive with COVID-19 this morning and said their Cobham training facility will be partially closed.

It has been reported that there are over 590 confirmed cases of the virus in the United Kingdom, and a total of 10 people have died from it so far.

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