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Arsenal manager Arteta tests positive for COVID-19

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the club said in a statement just before 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

The club, which is slated to play at Brighton Hove & Albion Saturday morning, has closed its London Colney training ground, and Arsenal personnel who have been in close recent contact with Arteta — which includes the full first team squad and coaching staff — will self-quarantine in line with English government guidelines.

In addition, Arsenal have closed the Hale End Academy, as Arteta has been with the club in recent days.

The training facility and academy are expected to undergo a deep clean. Other club sites are operating normally.

Arteta isn’t the first figure in English football to test positive for coronavirus, but he is the first manager to do so. Following training Thursday, Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has self-quarantined after a family member has been hospitalized, and it was reported early Thursday that three members of Leicester City have self-quarantined after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

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