Brighton vs Arsenal postponed after Mikel Arteta contracts coronavirus

Brighton have confirmed that their Premier League match against Arsenal has been postponed after Gunners manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Premier League has called an emergency meeting for Friday morning after Arteta's positive test was announced on Thursday evening.

At the meeting, clubs are expected to ask for games to be called off to prevent the deadly coronavirus sweeping across the UK through football.

One match that is definitely off is Arsenal's trip to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton .

Brighton's chief executive Paul Barber said in a statement on Thursday night: “First and foremost our thoughts are with Mikel Arteta and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“It’s absolutely essential the health and wellbeing of individuals takes priority and with that in mind Saturday’s match has been postponed.

“We apologise to all fans for any inconvenience but trust everyone will understand that we are all facing an unprecedented situation.

“The Premier League has announced this evening that they will convene an emergency meeting of all clubs tomorrow morning, and we will update supporters on future fixtures as and when we are in a position to do so.”

Arteta and the club’s entire first-team squad have been ordered into self isolation along with more than 100 staff, while the club's training ground has also been closed and will be given a deep clean.

The Arsenal boss is understood to be confident of making a full recovery.

He said: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”

Arsenal also expect their FA Cup trip to Sheffield United on March 22 to be called off.

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