first_imgAdvertisement Mikel Arteta ‘optimistic’ about full recovery after testing positive for coronavirus Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Mar 2020 12:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link606Shares Comment Arteta tested positive on Thursday (Picture: Getty)The Premier League had planned on playing all fixtures this weekend as scheduled but they’re now set to decide in a meeting on Friday how best to proceed.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveArteta’s diagnosis effectively places the whole club in stalemate but the Guardian report that he has no concerns over his long-term health and is confident that he will make a full recovery. Incredibly, the Spaniard’s ‘primary’ frustration is said to be the fact that he won’t be able to work with his players for at least a fortnight. ‘This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed,’ Arteta said in an official statement. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe diagnosis is the most high profile in world football to date and is bound to have repercussions on how the league season is played out.Even in the best scenario that all those that came into contact with Arteta are successfully clear of the virus in a fortnight’s time, the Gunners would likely ask for some fixtures to be postponed further as the squad would be lacking in match sharpness.Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been placed in self-isolation after he came into contact with a family member that is believed to have contracted the virus.Three Leicester City players are also in isolation, while Serie A has been shutdown for at least the next month. There are calls from a minority of Premier League clubs to ‘void’ the season, meaning all league places are wiped. But any decision is likely to be impacted on whether the European Championships are postponed as that would afford the Premier League to extend the season further. MORE: A number of Premier League clubs call for season to be ‘voided’ amid coronavirus outbreak Mikel Arteta is confident of a full recovery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is said to be in good spirits and is optimistic about making a full recovery after the Spaniard was diagnosed with coronavirus on Thursday.The former Manchester City assistant manager was sent for tests after complaining that he was unwell on Thursday and the Gunners confirmed in a brief statement later that night that he had tested positive for COVID-19.Arsenal’s fixture with Brighton on Saturday has subsequently been postponed and around 100 employees from the club, including all first team members, have been placed in a 14-day lockdown. Advertisementlast_img