Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes people should be emotionally more open after the coronavirus epidemic currently sweeping the world.

The Spaniard became the first manager in the English Premier League to contract the virus on 12 March but has since recovered from it after self-isolating alongside his wife and nanny.

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.

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

The 38-year-old told the club’s official website Arsenal.comBut 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.

Arsenal players were due to report for training earlier this week after completing a two-week isolation period, but their return has been postponed.