Mikel Arteta: Arsenal boss says coronavirus education is crucial for return to the Premier League | Football News

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Mikel Arteta recovered from coronavirus after positive test in March

Mikel Arteta recovered from coronavirus after positive test in March

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says the biggest obstacle to returning to the Premier League is to teach players and staff about “very strict” safety rules.

Football in England remains frozen due to coronavirus crisis, although Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday that ministers were considering the possibility of playing sports behind closed doors as the government prepared to announce a bet of its lockout measures.

However, high-flying clubs seem divided over the use of neutral locations, while a number of players have expressed concern over an early return, including Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Matteo Guendouzi pictured with Arsenal before stopping

Matteo Guendouzi pictured with Arsenal before the stop

Premier League players will need to cover their faces under new rules to allow a safe return to full training, while clubs have started a face mask shopping spree.

Arsenal boss Arteta, who has recovered from the coronavirus himself, believes that one of the most difficult parts of the potential return to the Premier League will be to educate its players, match day staff and train ground workers on new safety measures.

“There are a lot of question marks,” said Arteta. “I think the most difficult thing is to educate the players and everyone involved on the training grounds and on match days, that it’s different.

“We have to be very strict with the protocols. Common sense will dictate when we can go to the next step, the next step, etc.

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Arsenal Women vice-captain Jordan Nobbs says the mental challenge of the British lockdown is currently more important than the physical challenge for football players

Arsenal Women vice-captain Jordan Nobbs says the mental challenge of the British lockdown is currently more important than the physical challenge for football players

“We cannot rush. We all aim to play, we have to play, we are ready to play – it is important for society and the economy.

“We have this responsibility. We just have to be ready every time they say “Go ahead, open this door” so that we can turn on the gas. “

Solo training is safer than going to the park

Arsenal players have been allowed to return to their London Colney training ground, but continue to train individually according to government health guidelines.

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Arsenal players have been allowed to return to their London Colney training ground, but train individually and maintain social distance

Arsenal players have been allowed to return to their London Colney training ground, but train individually and maintain social distance

Arteta insists that this is currently the best environment for her players, who relied on an app to track their fitness during the lockdown, with Kieran Tierney recording impressive numbers.

“Players must arrive five minutes before the session in their own car, with their own clothes, with their own water, with their own protein bar,” added Arteta.

“There is one player per court. Nothing else. They don’t touch each other, they don’t even look at each other. No fitness trainers. They have their own program.

“They finish after an hour. It’s even safer than going to the park – they’re more protected and if something happens we can call a [emergency] reply.

“It’s our grass – no twisted ankles, no muscle injuries. It’s a better environment. “

Mikel Arteta was speaking to Ian Wright in the Adidas #hometeam series on YouTube.

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