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COVID-19: I miss hugging people I love – Arteta

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has come out after recovering from coronavirus that he misses hugging people.

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

The Spaniard said, people should be “emotionally more open” after the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are in a world here where everything is social media, everything is a WhatsApp text.”

“But how important is touching each other, feeling each other and hugging each other?

“I miss that with a lot of the people I love.

“We have to be emotionally more open. We have to tell each other what we are feeling.”

Arteta reported feeling unwell after it was confirmed Evangelos Marinakis – the owner of Greek side Olympiakos, who played Arsenal in the Europa League in February – had coronavirus on 10 March.

On Thursday Arteta said he was feeling “completely recovered” and urged people to follow the government’s advice on staying at home.

“It’s one virus that is putting the world aside and it’s transforming everything that we prioritise in life. So we have to take that lesson,” he told the Arsenal website.

“We cannot just in two or three months’ time – if we are able to get over this quickly – forget about this, because it’s so important.”

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