In isolation, but Arteta plots bright future for Arsenal

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is wasting little time during his period of self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus. The Gunners chief is on the mend and said to be in good spirits as he plots the future for the Emirates Stadium outfit in this period of inactivity on the pitch.

The news comes as the Premier League, English Football League and Football Association announced that the suspension of all domestic football will be extended to 30 April (at the earliest) because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

But it is said the powers that be are committed to ensuring the 2019-20 campaign is completed after changing an FA law to allow the season to be extended indefinitely past the previous 1 June.

The Gunners update came via a message to supporters that was posted on the club’s official website which said Arteta, brought in to replace Unai Emery at the end of last year, was

“doing detailed planning with the coaches and speaking to the players regularly”.

It added that the Arsenal aces have been given specific training and dietary regimes to follow at home and are in daily contact with the club’s coaches.

After imploring Arsenal fans to stay safe in the current crisis, it added:

“Our hearts go out to anyone who’s been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery.

“We’re truly inspired by the selfless healthcare workers around the world who are on the front lines working tirelessly to care for people in need. Secondly, we’re focussed on the health and safety of our employees, their families and of course, all of our members”.

It continued:

“You can imagine that as this fast-moving situation has developed, we have been taking extensive steps to ensure we keep operating efficiently while protecting our players and staff.

“Our training centres in London Colney and Hale End were closed for deep cleaning after Mikel’s diagnosis with the virus but have now re-opened with a small workforce to maintain the facilities and training pitches.

“A number of staff, including Mikel and the men’s first team squad, are currently isolating at home.  We’re pleased to say that Mikel is feeling much better. He’s in good spirits, doing detailed planning with the coaches and speaking to the players regularly. The women’s and academy teams are also currently staying at home. All our players are looking forward to getting back out on the training pitches as soon as the situation allows.

“The players have been given specific training and dietary regimes to follow at home and are in daily contact with our coaches and support staff. As you will have seen from social media some of them are certainly embracing this changed new world.”