Arsenal said its head coach, Mikel Arteta, had tested positive for coronavirus.
“Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result this evening,” the club said in a statement on late Thursday.
The team personnel, who had recent contact with Arteta, will self-isolate in line with the required procedures.
“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,” Arsenal added.
The head coach expressed regret over the fact that he had been infected with the coronavirus.
“This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I am allowed,” Arteta said, as quoted by the football club.
Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi expressed full support for the head coach and the first-team squad.
Also Chelsea announced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has tested positive for the virus.
“Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for coronavirus returned this evening,” the club statement read.
“Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with the player in the men’s team building will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines.
“These will include initially the full men’s team squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff.
“It is expected that those who did not have close contact with Callum will return to work in the coming days.
“In the meantime, the men’s team building, one of several separate buildings at our training ground, will remain closed. The rest of our training facility, Stamford Bridge and our other facilities are operating as normal.
“Callum displayed symptoms similar to a mild cold on Monday morning and has not been at the training ground since then as a precaution.
“However, his test came in positive this evening and he will undergo a period of self-isolation.
“Despite testing positive for the virus, Callum is doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible.
“We will continue to adhere to Government and Public Health Guidelines with regard to our facilities and staff and will be discussing next steps with regards to upcoming fixtures with the Premier League on Friday morning (GMT time).”