A couple of weeks since first being diagnosed with the disease, footballer Arteta Arsenal manager Mikel claims to have made a complete recovery from the deadly virus, while also admitting that there were times when he feared the extreme circumstances.
It was his case that struck the Premier League, forcing the league to postpone a few of its matches for the weekend, before eventually suspending the entire league in the wake of the outbreak.
Arteta says, “I am feeling completely recovered [now],” the Spaniard said. “It’s true I started having some symptoms when we got the phone call from the club to let us know that we might be exposed to the virus because of the owner of Olympiacos and in that moment…I don’t know, I felt something within me, that I had it.”
It was the high contingency rate of the virus that made Arteta take precautions and isolate himself from the rest defending Premier League champions Manchester City next.
The former Gunners midfielder decided to not risk spreading the infection and immediately spoke to the management at Arsenal before informing the Pep Guardiola’s Man City and even the league organisers.
“We had a game the following day against Manchester City, so I made a decision and called the doctor straight away and I asked him to drive home. I spoke with Raul, Edu, Vinai, Huss and we set up a meeting together and I said, ‘Listen, we have a couple of players that have been exposed. There is a massive risk there and as well I am the first one feeling the symptoms, very clear symptoms. So if that is the case, all of the players and the people related to the club who are in contact with me on a daily basis are exposed. So we cannot make that decision, we have to speak to the Premier League, to Manchester City and we have to make the decision pretty quickly.’
“Then you realise, ‘Wow, everybody can be exposed here, this is very serious’ and you start to think about the people that you’ve been in contact with and the other people that can be related to us. That’s when a bit of fear comes.
Arteta also gave a firsthand experience of the symptoms, from the initial stages, with fever and dry cough along with chest discomfort among a few.
“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 my nanny’s been through it. Thank God, the kids never got it. We are all completely fine now.”