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(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta feared who he might have infected when he tested positive for coronavirus, but said on Thursday he has completed his recovery and is ready to return to work with the Premier League side.

Arsenal announced Arteta’s positive test a fortnight ago on March 12, which ultimately led to the halt in the season as his side prepared to face Manchester City.

The Spaniard believes he contracted the virus after the team's Europa League clash against Greek side Olympiacos in late February.

"I am feeling completely recovered," he told Arsenal’s website. "It’s true I started having some symptoms when we got the phone call from the club (Olympiacos) to let us know that we might be exposed to the virus... I don’t know, I felt something within me, that I had it.

"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 said he coped with the symptoms and revealed his wife and children’s nanny had also 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," he said.

"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."

Arteta also thanked his technical staff for keeping the players focussed in his absence. He added they will continue with individual programmes until training can begin on the pitch.

"In difficult moments is where you really see the people and how they react, how they think and how they prioritise things," Arteta said.

"All the phone calls I'm having with all the members of the board and all my technical staff, all the coaching staff, all the players, how aware and how encouraged they all are to try to help, to try to be on board with the situation and to try to make things easier for the club has been amazing."

(Reporting By Nick Said; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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1 Liverpool LIV 82 29 27 1 1 66 21 +45 82
2 Manchester City MAC 57 28 18 3 7 68 31 +37 57
3 Leicester City LEI 53 29 16 5 8 58 28 +30 53
4 Chelsea CHE 48 29 14 6 9 51 39 +12 48
5 Manchester United MUN 45 29 12 9 8 44 30 +14 45
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 43 29 10 13 6 41 34 +7 43
7 Sheffield United SHE 43 28 11 10 7 30 25 +5 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 41 29 11 8 10 47 40 +7 41
9 Arsenal ARS 40 28 9 13 6 40 36 +4 40
10 Burnley BUR 39 29 11 6 12 34 40 -6 39
11 Crystal Palace CRY 39 29 10 9 10 26 32 -6 39
12 Everton EVE 37 29 10 7 12 37 46 -9 37
13 Newcastle United NEW 35 29 9 8 12 25 41 -16 35
14 Southampton SOU 34 29 10 4 15 35 52 -17 34
15 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 29 29 6 11 12 32 40 -8 29
16 West Ham United WES 27 29 7 6 16 35 50 -15 27
17 Watford WAT 27 29 6 9 14 27 44 -17 27
18 AFC Bournemouth BOU 27 29 7 6 16 29 47 -18 27
19 Aston Villa AST 25 28 7 4 17 34 56 -22 25
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