Mikel Arteta will miss Arsenal’s Mouthwatering clash against reigning Premier League and table topper Manchester City on New Year’s Day after testing positive for Covid-19.
Mikel Arteta has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating. This is the second time; the Arsenal manager was sick at the start of the pandemic and will be isolated for at least one week, according to public health guidelines.
The Spaniard is currently isolating. He first contracted the virus in March 2020, triggering the suspension of football at the outset of the pandemic.
Arsenal has been in a good run of form but the news that Mikel Arteta has tested positive for Covid-19 might not be a piece of welcome news for the young talented gunners.
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.
Arteta will be kept in isolation for one week. People who get negative lateral flow readings on days six and seven of their self-isolation period – with tests conducted 24 hours apart – don’t have to stay inside for the entire ten days anymore.
The 39-year-old is the third Premier League manager to develop the illness during the holidays, with Crystal Palace’s Patrick Vieira and Aston Villa’s Steven Gerrard both being placed under quarantine after positive tests.
The Gunners’ match against Wolves on December 28 was postponed after the away side requested the game be cancelled due to coronavirus cases among Bruno Lage’s squad.
Arteta might return for Arsenal’s Carabao Cup semi-final match against Liverpool on January 6 depending on his rehabilitation.
Arsenal is now in fourth place in the rankings with 35 points after 19 games, 12 points behind the league leaders.
Arteta had a lot of players unavailable for Arsenal’s 5-0 triumph away at Norwich on Boxing Day, which marked his two-year anniversary as manager.
However, the Gunners were hit harder by covid instances at the start of the season, when they were forced to play without a number of first-team regulars in their opening-day defeat at Brentford.
The positive result for the Arsenal manager comes after a surge in infections at top-flight clubs as the Omicron variety spreads across the UK.
In the most recent round of Premier League testing, 103 new positive cases were identified, the highest weekly amount since testing statistics began to be published in May 2020.
Newcastle’s match against Everton on Thursday is the latest game to be put off due to injuries and covid infections within Eddie Howe’s squad.