Mikel Arteta tests positive for Covid-19 and will miss the Man City match


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the club’s Premier League match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day.

The Gunners have confirmed that Arteta is now “isolating in line with government guidelines”.

Arteta is not the first Premier League coach to be forced to miss a match due to Covid-19, with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira unable to take charge of Crystal Palace’s last two matches. Control of the Eagles has been handed over to assistant coach Osian Roberts and that will be what happens here.

Current Covid-19 rules in England and Wales dictate that anyone who tests positive must isolate themselves for the next 10 full days. If that person is initially asymptomatic, the 10-day period restarts if symptoms later begin to appear.

However, general isolation can be reduced to only seven days if the person has no symptoms and may report negative fast side flow on days six and seven of the isolation period.

Football clubs will also be able to more easily monitor the health of players and staff with more accurate PCR tests to ensure that the risk of infection is as low as possible.

Arteta was in place for Arsenal’s latest match against Norwich on the second day, where the Gunners then got to see their clash with Wolves scheduled for Tuesday night postponed.

If the Spaniard only needs to isolate himself for seven days, he will be back in time to lead his team in the first part of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Liverpool on January 6.

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