ARSENAL will be out of action for at least two weeks after the Premier League was suspended because of coronavirus.
Manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the killer bug this week, while the entire Gunners squad were swabbed.
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There may be no games being played in England’s top four tiers for at least three weeks, but some clubs aren’t letting the postponements get the better of them.
Due to coronavirus fears, all matches in England’s professional leagues have been called off until early April, much to the dismay of football fans.
But a select few teams have been keen to keep their fans entertained during the time in which their clubs would have been in action.
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MARI-AGE MADE IN HEAVEN
Pablo Mari has revealed his delight after making his Arsenal debut against West Ham last weekend.
The 26-year-old signed on loan from Flamengo until the end of the season.
He said: “For me it was an unbelievable day, we won the game, which is the most important thing and my feeling on the pitch was really nice.
“With our fans, with our team, in our home, I had everything to enjoy and I enjoyed it a lot and I hope I'm going to play the next games to feel the same with my team-mates and the club.”
We'll see when he gets to make his second appearance.
REY OF SUNSHINE
On this day 11 years ago, one of Arshavin's finest ever Arsenal goals.
The little Russian had so much potential but just never quite delivered at the Emirates.
Apart from that one night at Anfield, of course.
GET BETA SOON
Mikel Arteta has taken to social media to thank fans after he was diagnosed with coronavirus.
He wrote on Twitter: “Thanks for your words and support.
“We're all facing a huge and unprecedented challenge.
“Everyone's health is all that matters right now. Protect each other by following the guidelines.
“We'll come through this together.”
Former Chelsea medic Eva Carneiro believes top footballers are more likely to contract coronavirus than general public.
This comes after Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta were both diagnosed with the bug.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Carneiro said: “Professional players have been shown to be regularly immunosuppressed.
“This has been demonstrated by both blood tests and the rate and incidence of upper respiratory tract and other infections, which is how a virus like this starts.
“That's due to the amount of sport they play. The physical activity, playing at a professional level, with games sometimes every 72 hours, as well as training, creates a strain on the body.”
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