MIKEL ARTETA is well-known for his ice-cold demeanour on the touchline – but according to his latest check, his core temperature is so low it's showing signs o hypothermia.
Players and staff are all subject to coronavirus checks before entering any training grounds and stadiums.
With one of the main symptoms of the killer bug a fever, stars all hope to see the figure check in at below 37C.
But Arteta – one of the first members of the footballing world to contract the virus – went too far the other way and registered a temperature that clinically could considered to be hypothermia.
A healthy body should operate at between 35C and 37C – but Arteta registered a chilly 34.4C on his check on his way into Bramall Lane at the weekend.
And according to the NHS' hypothermia page, Arteta has the right to be a little concerned, too.
The website reads: "Hypothermia is a dangerous drop in body temperature below 35C (95F). Normal body temperature is around 37C (98.6F).
"Hypothermia can be serious if not treated quickly.
"Early signs of hypothermia include: shivering, cold and pale skin, slurred speech, fast breathing, tiredness and confusion."
ANY CONFUSION, MIK?
And Arteta may be showing signs of confusion too, having picked blunder king David Luiz for the cup clash – a last-gasp 2-1 win to snatch a semi-final spot.
As for tiredness… well, he's Arsenal boss.
Arteta's cool-as-a-cucumber temperature check left fans on Twitter cracking jokes left, right and centre.
One tweeted: "The woman has the best job in the world. Imagine taking his temperature as he stares into your eyes."
To which another replied: "Someone should take HER temperature while she's taking his."
Another wrote: "The man has ice in his veins."
One even joked: "Ice cold blood in his veins. Keeps his hair immaculate."
Another suggested: "F***ing hell, he’s a vampire. No wonder he’s pale, always looks exactly the same and his hair never grows."
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