Mikel Arteta’s wife delivers update for Arsenal fans on coronavirus diagnosis

Mikel Arteta’s wife, Lorena Bernal has opened up about how her and the Arsenal head coach are doing after he was tested positive for Coronavirus on Thursday (March 12).

The confirmation that Arteta had contracted the virus sparked the acceleration from the Premier League and EFL to suspend all football matches until April 4 at least.

Bernal posted a 7-minute long video on her official Instagram account to update the public on the health of the family.

“Under the circumstances that we are right now, I felt the responsibility of sharing our situation,” she said.

“I want to say thank you to everyone who sent good vibes, texts, emails and calls, really it’s been overwhelming. I understand as well that you want to know what’s going on.

“My husband (Arteta) is feeling fine, he is well. It’s true that he had symptoms of the virus but the symptoms would have never stopped him from going to work in a normal situation. He would have just taken a ibuprofen or paracetamol and he would have gone to work so really, it’s nothing major. Some temperatures, some headaches but that’s it. That’s his experience. My kids and I are perfectly well.”

Arteta carrying coronavirus initially resulted in Arsenal’s trip to Brighton being postponed. Should football resume as planned on April 4 this game along with their clashes with Manchester City and Sheffield United will also have to be rescheduled.

Head coach of Arsenal, the confirmation of the news also meant the entire first team and over 100 members of staff had to begin their 14-day self-isolation period.

Bernal insisted that he is doing fine, however, and that most people who will get the virus will be able to withstand it.


Apparently the virus is not lethal. It could be for a certain amount of people but the majority are going to go through it with mild symptoms. Maybe some people have more symptoms than others but it won’t be anything really bad,” she added.

“What is true is that apparently it’s a new virus (that) nobody has antibodies to fight against it so we are going to be infected if we get exposed to it. The danger is some people are weaker against this virus.”

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“They (the doctors) said that we have to be isolated and the most important thing is to try not to get exposed or to get other people exposed to the virus. How do we do that? (by) staying at home. It’s a hard thing to do because it looks like life is happening outside our homes but we need to stay at home.

“Football, cinema, theatres, schools, universities, everything is pausing which in one way is not that bad. I know in economic ways it’s bad but it’s not that bad that the world just stops a little bit and we are forced to be home with our kids, parents, brothers, sisters or just with ourselves.”

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