Mikel Arteta: Arsenal manager on coronavirus recovery

Mikel Arteta was appointed Arsenal coach in December

People should be "emotionally more open" after the coronavirus pandemic, says Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta after his recovery.

Arteta, 38, tested positive for the virus on March 12, but since then recovered after self-isolation.

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"We are in a world here where everything is social media, everything is WhatsApp text," said the Spaniard.

"But how important is it to touch each other, feel each other and hug?

"I miss it with a lot of people I love.

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"We have to be emotionally more open. We have to tell us what we are feeling."

Arteta said he felt bad after confirming that Evangelos Marinakis – owner of the Greek team's Olympiakos, who played against Arsenal in the Europa League in February – had the virus on 10 March.

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On Thursday, Arteta said he was feeling "completely recovered" and asked people to follow government advice on staying at home.

"It is a virus that is putting the world aside and is transforming everything that we prioritize in life. So we have to learn this lesson", he told the Arsenal website.