On the evening on March 12th, Arsenal confirmed that manager Mikel Arteta had received a positive COVID-19 result.
The Gunners played a two-leg tie against Olympiacos in the Europa League round of 32 earlier, and despite a 0-1 win in Greece, they were knocked out after losing the second leg at the Emirates. The Coronavirus outbreak was at its early stages at the time, but it was soon reported that Olympiacos owner, Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Nottingham Forest, had tested positive to the disease. Naturally, it meant that the whole Arsenal squad were potentially exposed, but it was Arteta who caught the virus first.
Full two weeks have passed since then, and the boss is now feeling fine. Interestingly enough, he says he started feeling the symptoms, something in his chest, when they got the call from the club informing them of the possible infection. The Premier League were immediately contacted too, as well as Manchester City, and the game against the current league champions that was scheduled to be played a few days later was postponed.
Arteta was soon hit by fear for the people around him. His thoughts went out to those he had had contact with in the critical period, though he didn’t feel too bad physically. His symptoms were those of a ‘normal’ virus – three or four rough days during which he suffered from high temperature, discomfort in his chest and a dry cough. His wife and his nanny both caught the infection from him and recovered, but he is thankful that none of his three children went through the ordeal.
Despite not playing anymore, Arteta is still a relatively young man at the age of 38, and he obviously needs to keep as fit as possible. It certainly helps him do his job, and it probably played a huge role in his recovery from this illness that is holding the entire world under siege at the moment.
Please remember to follow expert advice on how to protect yourselves and the people around you from this notorious virus.