Mikel Arteta: hit by coronavirus

The English Premier League will hold an “emergency club meeting” this morning to discuss how to handle upcoming matches after Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus and and the club shut down their Colney training ground.

Most leagues around the world are suspending play or playing behind closed doors, but the only game that has been called off so far in the English top flight was Arsenal’s match against Manchester City scheduled for last Wednesday.

Evangelos Marinakis: brought coronavirus to Emirates Stadium 27 February

Evangelos Marinaki owner of Greek club Olympiakos and British championship club Nottingham Forest has been diagnosed with coronavirus, and he was at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London on Feb. 27, which played a factor in the game’s cancellation.

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The Premier League on Thursday initially announced that matches this weekend would be played “as normal” with fans in the seats despite coronavirus concerns.

However, the league might change course after Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19.

The initially announced decision from the Premier League came after advice from prime minister Boris Johnson.