Mikel Arteta: Missed hugging the people I love

Updated: Mar 28, 2020, 14:48 IST | PTI | London

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta explains how he overcame dreaded Coronavirus; says he feared most for his kids after wife and their nanny also contracted the virus.

Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who has "completely recovered" from COVID-19, believes people should be "emotionally more open" after the Coronavirus pandemic. Arteta, 38, tested positive for the virus on March 12 but has since recovered after self-isolating. "We are in a world here where everything is social media, everything is a WhatsApp text," Arteta was quoted as saying by BBC Sports. "But how important is touching each other, feeling each other and hugging each other? I miss that with a lot of the people I love. We have to be emotionally more open. We have to tell each other what we are feeling," he added.

"We cannot just in two or three months' time—if we are able to get over this quickly—forget about this, because it's so important." He reported feeling unwell after it was confirmed Evangelos Marinakis—the owner of Greek side Olympiakos, who played Arsenal in the Europa League in February—had Coronavirus on March 10. Arteta said his main concern was his three children after his wife and their nanny contracted the virus.

"In terms of symptoms, it was a normal virus for me. I had three or four days which were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature and a dry cough, and some discomfort in my chest. That was it. The difficulty is that I have people at home, three kids as well and I was worried. My missus has been through it and our nanny's been through it. I am feeling completely recovered [now]...," he told the club website. '

"We are living in a unique situation, so I think all of us are trying to react to the situation that is coming on a daily basis and trying our best to overcome the situation.

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