Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has appealed to the public to provide their help to the NHS by staying at home, as he confirmed that he is feeling “completely recovered” following a positive test for the coronavirus and went through self-quarantine.
Arteta had tested positive for the virus on March 12, which provoked immediate suspension of English Premier League, which will remain in pace until at least April 30 due to the ongoing pandemic.
It’s true I started having some symptoms when we got the phone call from the club to let us know that we might be exposed to the virus because of the owner of Olympiacos and in that moment… I don’t know, I felt something within me, that I had it.
We had a game the following day against Manchester City, so I made a decision and called the doctor straight away and I asked him to drive home.
I said, ‘Listen, we have a couple of players that have been exposed. There is a massive risk there and as well I am the first one feeling the symptoms, very clear symptoms. So if that is the case, all of the players and the people related to the club who are in contact with me on a daily basis are exposed. So we cannot make that decision, we have to speak to the Premier League, to Manchester City and we have to make the decision pretty quickly.Mikel Arteta, Arsenal Manager on how Coronavirus was diagnosed
Having gone through what he describes as a difficult few days, suffering symptoms including a temperature, dry cough and chest discomfort, Arteta admitted catching the illness brought about “fear” of having spread it.
With Arsenal’s return to training delayed amid the government’s instruction for the public to stay at home where possible, Arteta has urged fans to follow the club’s example.
Please to everybody, we are a little bit behind other countries, for example Spain, where I know the situation they are living at the moment, and while we are having the opportunity a little bit to minimise the risk, I encourage everybody please to be responsible and stay at home as much as possible.
That is all we can do from our position, we don’t have the ability to help others in other circumstances, so please at least stay at home and do what is required.Mikel Arteta, Arsenal Manager on the importance of minimizing the risk of contraction
We have to try to help the NHS as much as possible and we have to give the opportunity to the elderly people who needs this more than anybody else to get the treatment they require. We have to slow the process down and the virus down, so please stay at home.”Mikel Arteta, Arsenal Manager appealed to support NHS
Before the Premier League was suspended, Arteta had overseen an eight-match unbeaten run that had lifted his side to within eight points of fourth-placed Chelsea, with a game in hand on their London rivals.
While it remains unclear in what format or stage the Premier League will resume, Arteta explained the steps he’s taking to ensure his side are ready when that moment arrives.
“We’re just trying to cover all the necessities that players, staff and employees need to try to sustain the club with healthy people.
They all have programmes and they all have individual work to do that they are really doing and really trying to maintain themselves so they can prepare themselves for when we have to get back playing.
There is the psychological support that they need, which we are giving them, and as well I’m giving them a lot of homework to do because I’ve been reviewing everything that we’ve been doing since I joined.Mikel Arteta, Arsenal Manager on the homework that his players have, during lockdown period