Arteta gets Covid for second time as virus spreads through Premier League

The latest figures for the amount of Premier League players that are positive for Covid-19 has been found to be over 100 for the first time ever. And the latest victim is the Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, as reported by the official Arsenal website, and he not able to be at our game against Manchester City if the fixture still goes ahead.

The Spaniard was one of the earliest football-related victims of the virus back in March 2020, and it was the following week that the Premier League was suspended in a bid to arrest the spread of the disease.

Now 21 months later, the UK is now having record numbers of positive cases amongst it’s citizens, although it is being assumed that the new Omicron variant is not expected to have as much serious consequences compared to the earlier figures.

But it is still spreading at a more rapid rate amongst sportsmen as well as the general public it is looking like our club could be playing to empty stadiums again very soon, or at least with much-reduced numbers of fans at the Emirates.

There are already restrictions in place to stop unvaccinated fans coming into stadiums, but now the government is urging everyone to get the third ‘booster jab’ to increase protection against Omicron, with the Prime Minister stating that 90% of intensive care patients have not had the booster. “I’m sorry to say this, but the overwhelming majority of people who are currently ending up in intensive care in our hospitals are people who are not boosted,” Johnson told the Standard.
“I’ve talked to doctors who say the numbers are running up to 90% of people in intensive care.”

“The Omicron variant continues to cause real problems, you’re seeing cases rising in hospitals, but it is obviously milder than the Delta variant.”

The Premier League are already seeing wholesale disruption to the fixture list, so is it only just a matter of time before the EPL is suspended completely, which is what happened the last time Arteta was tested as positive?

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  1. I wish him speedy recovery.
    It’s really bad luck for us really.
    The boss is sick and will miss training sections and meetings, hopefully Tomi recover on time and maybe the players can motivate themselves and the assistant coach

  2. Best wishes to the gaffer and indeed everyone with covid and their loved ones. Just how serious is the situation? Depends on who is telling the story I suppose.The general belief is that Omicron though not as dangerous as delta and the earlier variants is so contagious even masks and social distancing can not stop it. It would appear that it might be too late to do anything. “Apparently” those who are vaccinated are mostly able to recover at home but the unvaccinated “may” overwhelm the hospital system. So what does the league do? How, why and when should/will a decision be made. I do not know but I am sure the league will be fair and responsible. I am erstwhile preparing myself for a break of some length just in case.

    1. fairfan Good luck with being “sure the league will be fair and responsible”!
      I am sure they will not be, assuming you speak of the Premier League. Ever since the PREM WAS BORN IN 1992, MAKING MONEY HAS COME WAY BEFORE FAIRNESS. I am surprised you have never noticed. I have !

  3. The problem with the booster program for me was that being 41 my jab was booked for today as this was the 6 month wait they talked about but when they halved that at the beginning of December I couldn’t get a booking date ,this was the closest .
    Low and behold I get a positive test on Xmas day (2nd time ) and now cannot get my booster today as have been stuck in my sitting room for the last 4days and probably for the next 4 ,the point I’m getting at is it’s all well the government talking about the boosters but when it was rushed and hurried in millions like myself had no chance to get them done .
    Anyway hope Arteta makes a full recovery and seeing he’s already had it his body should be way more equipped than before .

      1. 👍Alan
        Don’t worry I haven’t forgot the bet
        I’ll get Adpat to send me his PayPal and he can then verify that I payed .
        TBF Im glad I lost as it means we are playing better and it’s going to a good cause anyway .
        Now I belive ken also said he would take part

    1. Bad luck DAN. Rotten business, I agree. Sincerely hope it works out for you VERY soon now.

      MY WIFE AND I WERE BOTH BOOSTED A MONTH AGO AND SINCE HAVE CAUGHT AND RECOVERED FROM OMICRON. During my illness ,which was akin to a mild flu, I twice tested negative in lateral flow tests, even though I just knew I had Covid.
      A PCR confirmed what I knew, so I no longer trust lateral flow tests as being reliable enough, needless to say.

      In any case, as of today no more LFT are available! Quelle surprise! Not!

      1. 3 LFT all positive before my PCR which also came back positive,also took another LFT this Morning and still showing positive.
        Symptoms for me this time are just a cough and slight chills which seem to have gone now but cough still remains .

        1. Get well Dan, and fingers crossed to everyone else. It’s a shambles out there with governments everywhere making it up as they go along. I’m in a safe bubble that is Japan at the moment but hoping to fly back home to Sydney in less than three weeks, where the virus is out of control. And you too Micheal, get well soon. Remember it’s only a game.

  4. Greetings, from cape Town, South Africa, boss, recover spoon as the lads need you now. Wishing you well

  5. with your boosters please also eat immune boosting foods… helps…..also virus cannot exist over 75° C…water boils at 100°C and steam is also 100°C…..inhaling steam 3-4 times a day also helps…some people add cloves to the boiling water but I don’t know why…..all the best to Arteta.. players and everyone…….take care

      1. I don’t mean don’t take the vaccine…by all means please do….if anything can bring some comfort to somebody… why not…..

  6. Perhaps Arteta is looking for an excuse to escape the criticisms/blames he will get when we get trashed by city on New year day(just saying),however,get well soon if you have covid Arteta.

      1. I think i’m a much better fan than you twig,because i rarely see you make a comment or give an opinion here.

        1. You have a dull*** and dirty***brain
          sensible*** person will not say thus

          Admin comment…. Edited and you are banned

          1. I’m sure his comment is very dumb, but you just made yourself look way more dumb by mentioning Africam
            What does being African has to do with the stupidity of someone?
            You are aware this is racism?
            It’s just a couple of days to 2022 and you’re still being racists?
            AdPat have you seen this comment?

  7. It seems most of you are desperate to have the league suspended again because of covid,i believe no real football fan would be angling for the suspension of the game that get most of us excited every weekend&some midweeks,i even saw jon fox suggest in other article that Afcon be postponed due to covid-19…personally i loathe any idea that has to do with the suggestion of football being stopped.

  8. Blaze you couldn’t at least hide your shallow and stupid b**t of a mind. What does being an African have to do with not being “normal and sensible”. Perhaps uou suffer from grandeur delusions of schizophrenia or you simply an ass

  9. It’s a conspiracy to stop us winning hauling City in and winning the league.

    Darn government.

    You know what. Damn the covid we’re playing good football and I like it!

  10. I made my comment as an Arsenal fan&not an African…if am not mistaken,Africa is home to more than a billion people,so if you want to talk to me,talk to me direct&stop disrespecting our lovely continent.

  11. Admini Pat.
    Good evening. I can’t see ny comment posting anymore that was my responce to your topic article posting on Arteta’s Covid-19 illness. Which I submitted and I saw it published on the site. Please, what’s the reason for deleting it?

    1. It will be easier if they get the whole Arsenal FC. Those dumb ass ridicule us and made us world laughingstock when we wanted Suarez and now want to get our player. What are they smoking at Anfield. Keep safe everyone

  12. Okay. No-one is unsellable, they should give us Salah, Mane and One hundred million plus one pounds and we will talk

  13. Does anyone think we should now take the legal steps to make vaccination for all mandatory, to save wider society?

    I am still, with reluctance against doing this, but I can see it creeping nearer by degrees, whatever I personally may think.
    More and more fully vacced and boosted folk are now prohibited from freely living their daily lives as normal, because of the refusal of the selfish conspiracy believers who won’t get jabbed, which as we know includes many Prem players.

    Who else on here besides me can clearly see a major nationwide and even international social conflict coming down the track between the jabbed and the wilfully unjabbed?!!
    This conflict between the two sides will accelerate rapidly IF Boris Johnson orders a lockdown or near lockdown for society, as MAY yet happen if the NHS becomes in danger.

    It is bound to worsen social cohesion UNLESS it becomes mandatory and therein lies the dilemma, as It will also make things even worse IF it becomes law.

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