Mikel Arteta has dismissed the need for a two-week Premier League 'circuit breaker' despite the rising number of coronavirus cases in the top flight.
Two Premier League fixtures were postponed during matchweek 16 due to players returning positive tests for Covid-19.
Everton's clash against Man City and Fulham's meeting with Tottenham were both called off at short notice, following on from the postponement of Aston Villa vs Newcastle earlier this month for the same reason.
West Brom boss Sam Allardyce led calls for a two-week break to be implemented, but the idea was rejected by the Premier League, while Arteta was happy to keep things running.
"If you see the record since we started to test, it is incredibly positive and as long as we can we have to carry on doing that but obviously without putting anyone at risk," the Gunners boss told reporters.
"I think we have shown the system is working. In the last week or so something has happened and we will have more restrictions and more tests to try to be as efficient as we were before and we will see, but I think it can work and we can carry on."
Four members of Man City's camp tested positive for the virus on Christmas Day, and the club claimed their had been more ahead of the trip to Goodison Park.
The match was scrapped just four hours before it was due to kick-off.
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Fulham also informed the Premier League of positive coronavirus cases in their squad on Tuesday, before more followed on Wednesday, eventually resulting in the fixture's postponement.
A total of 18 positive tests have been recorded in the latest batch of Premier League tests, but organisers claim they have not even considered a short break.
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"The Premier League has not discussed pausing the season and has no plans to do so," an official statement read.
"The League continues to have confidence in its COVID-19 protocols to enable fixtures to be played as scheduled, and these protocols continue to have the full backing of Government.
"With the health of players and staff the priority, the League is also fully supportive of how clubs are implementing the protocols and rules."
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