Arsenal players' families are concerned of coronavirus spread

Sun 01 March 2020 | 20:26

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta admitted that Arsenal are in constant contact with authorities concerning the spread of coronavirus.

As admitted by Mikel Arteta, Arsenal players' families are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus.

The latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest that the number of confirmed cases have been 86,927 in 59 countries, with 2,976 people killed so far.

Sporting events among which are some Swiss Super League and Serie A fixtures have been postponed as countries take measures to stop the further spread of the virus.

Corona has not still affected the run of matches in England, although 23 positive cases have been confirmed in the country as of early Sunday. However, it seems that sooner or later the growing concerns over the spread of the virus would also impact the sports competitions in England, too.

As Arsenal head coach, Arteta, admiited there is not much worry within the club itself but the players' families, especially those from abroad, are worried.

Arteta also made it clear the club are following advice from authorities as they prepare for Monday's FA Cup fifth-round meeting with Portsmouth on Monday.

"[We are] not anxious," he said. "Obviously, we read the information, it's all the time in the media.

"Our families are concerned. We have a lot of foreign players with foreign families in different countries so it's something that is on a daily basis.

"The club and the authorities are in contact every day. We are following all the instructions from the club doctor.

"So far, the protocols we have been doing are enough but obviously don't know to what stage it is going to develop.

"We've seen in other countries the difficult decisions they have to make around it to protect the situation, so we have to wait and see and be guided by them."

Arsenal endured a difficult week as they exited the Europa League following a shock 2-1 home defeat to Olympiacos on Thursday, which saw them lose the last-32 tie on away goals.

Arteta is now hoping for a long run in the FA Cup to bring some positivity to the Gunners' season.

"It's really special," he said of the competition. "It's probably one of the nicest games and days of the season when you play the final day in England, at Wembley, nice weather and an incredible atmosphere.

"And you know, it's a trophy that's been very much linked with our history. So, we want to continue to be attached to that, knowing that on Monday night in Portsmouth, it will be tough."

source: SportMob