Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reckons next month’s international fixtures increase the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Premier League.
As players jet off around the world to represent their countries, the fear is that it could produce a spike In positive tests when they return to top-flight action.
And Arteta, the first Premier League boss to catch the virus in March, says clubs are concerned with so many of their foreign stars going abroad for the best part of a fortnight.
The Emirates manager declared: “Obviously, when everyone has to fly away to very different countries, it’s a little bit of an experience.
“We don’t know what the outcome is. We want to believe that they are going to follow a lot of things that are implemented and working well here.
“Fingers crossed, we don’t get any bad news.”
Although the 2019-20 Premier League campaign was suspended when Arteta became ill, he believes it imperative football continues amid the latest surge in coronavirus cases across the country.
The Spaniard added: “Absolutely. We have much more information now than when that happened many months ago.
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“And we have the bubbles that the Premier League clubs and government have created to keep everybody as safe as possible. I think it's working really well.
“But we know the issue is still there, it’s not going away and we must keep the same approach and be very careful, conservative and try to keep this business alive – because it’s really important in many, many aspects.
“We’re lucky in our profession we have found a way. Not many professions can say that. Let’s respect that and keep going in the best possible way.”
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