Arsenal vs Man City: Arteta tests positive for COVID-19

Michael Arteta will miss Arsenal’s Premier League meeting with Manchester City on Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19 for a second time.

English football was forced to suspend play after the 39-year-old Spaniard’s first positive test in March 2020.

Following Steven Gerrard of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace’s Patrick Vieira, he is the third Premier League manager to test positive in as few weeks.

A club statement read: “Mikel Arteta will miss our match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Mikel is isolating in line with Government guidelines and we wish him well.”

After a poor start, Arteta’s team is now in fourth place after winning their last five games in all competitions. He is expected to give a press conference on Thursday.

The BBC quotes Arteta as saying, “This is terribly disheartening.”

“I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”

There is now a self-imposed exclusion zone around Arsenal’s London Colney training base for any club worker that has been in recent communication with Arteta.

On match day, Albert Stuivenberg and Steve Round will be in control.

Calum Chambers, Cedric Soares, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were all absent from the Gunners’ 5-0 triumph over Norwich on Sunday because of the coronavirus.

The Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolves was postponed on Tuesday due to an excess of Covid cases at Wolves.

There have been an all-time high number of Omicron variant cases in England and Wales, with approximately 130,000 new coronavirus infections confirmed on Tuesday.

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Written by Babatunde Okerayi

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