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Premier League could yet be suspended as manager tests positive

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The news revealed the news minutes after the Premier League announced matches this weekend to go ahead as scheduled.

A statement read: “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.”

West Ham had only just published a Premier League statement saying the show would go on despite three Leicester City players self-isolating.

The statement read “Following the latest update from Government issued on Thursday afternoon, all Premier League matches will go ahead as scheduled this weekend.

While the Prime Minister advised that all sporting events should take place as normal for now, he also indicated that Government is considering banning major public events, like sporting fixtures. We are therefore continuing to work closely with our clubs, Government, The FA, EFL and other relevant stakeholders to ensure appropriate contingency plans are in place as and when circumstances change.

The welfare of players, staff and supporters is of paramount importance and we will continue to follow Public Health England guidelines thoroughly.

We will keep everyone updated as appropriate”

West Ham manager David Moyes and possibly some West Ham players came in contact with Arteta five days ago when the Hammers played Arsenal at the Emirates.

The Chief sports reporter for The Times Martyn Ziegler claims the Premier League has called for emergency meeting with clubs tomorrow after Arteta’s coronavirus diagnosis adding that it ‘now looks certain the matches will be suspended’

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