Mikel Arteta has admitted he fears “bad news” as Premier League stars prepare to leave their Covid bubbles for international duty after next weekend’s games.
Many international sides will play three times in the next break with top-flight stars travelling all around the world to represent their countries.
Arteta himself tested positive for Covid-19 early in the pandemic which ultimately led to the Premier League’s suspension.
And amid a startling spike in cases in the UK, Arteta is seemingly fearful of another outbreak within football.
The Arsenal boss said: “We have much more information right now than we had many months ago when that happened.
“The bubbles that the Premier League, the clubs and the Government have been able to create to try to keep everybody as safe as possible are working really, really well.
“But we all know that the issue is still there.
“It is not going away and we have to keep the same approach and be always very careful, very conservative and try to maintain this business because it is really important in many, many aspects.
“We are lucky in our profession that we have found a way. Not many professions can say that.
“Let’s respect that and try to keep going in the best possible way.
“Obviously when everyone has to fly away to very different countries, I think at the moment it’s a little bit of an experience.
“We don’t know what the outcome is. We want to believe that they are going to follow a lot of things that are implemented and working well so fingers crossed we don’t get any bad news.”