first_imgArsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists he is ‘feeling better already’ after testing positive for coronavirus and has praised the decision to suspend the Premier League.The Gunners confirmed on Thursday that Spanish boss Arteta had contracted COVID-19 and that the club was now in lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus.Shortly after the announcement, the Premier League postponed Saturday’s fixture between Arsenal and Brighton and confirmed they would be holding an emergency meeting with all top-flight clubs on Friday meeting.This morning, the Premier League confirmed all of this weekend’s matches would be called off and all professional football in England suspended until at least April due to the coronavirus outbreak.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal manager Arteta has praised the decision to suspend the Premier League, tweeting on Friday afternoon: ‘Thanks for your words and support. Feeling better already. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news live‘We’re all facing a huge & unprecedented challenge. Everyone’s health is all that matters right now.‘Protect each other by following the guidelines & we’ll come through this together.Well done PL for making the right decisions.’ Mikel Arteta sends message to Arsenal fans after testing positive for coronavirus Advertisement Comment Thanks for your words and support.Feeling better already.We’re all facing a huge & unprecedented challenge.Everyone’s health is all that matters right now.Protect each other by following the guidelines & we’ll come through this together.Well done PL for making the right decisions pic.twitter.com/0rnwHmQWha— Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) March 13, 2020center_img Advertisement On Friday, it was confirmed the Champions League and Europa League would also be suspended.Arsenal said on Thursday that they expected a ‘significant number of people’ associated with the club to self-isolate, including the full first-team squad.‘The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is,’ said Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham.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 City‘We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.’Head of football at Arsenal, Raul Sanllehi, added: ‘Mikel and the full first-team squad, players and staff, will be fully supported, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows. ‘Obviously Mikel’s full recovery is the priority now for us all.’MORE: Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal to sign Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Partey after Liverpool winMORE: First person dies of coronavirus in Scotland bringing UK death toll to 11 Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Mar 2020 4:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShareslast_img read more