Arsenal will be looking to continue their impressive form by getting a result against Premier League leaders Manchester City on New Year’s Day.
The Gunners haven’t played since Boxing Day when they comfortably beat a poor Norwich City team 5-0 at Carrow Road.
Their following fixture against Wolves was postponed after news of a Covid-19 outbreak in the midlands outfit’s camp emerged, meaning Bruno Lage was left with an insufficient number of players available to fulfil the fixture.
But Arsenal are suffering from Covid issues of their own, especially after the club announced that manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.
The Spaniard will not be able to take charge from the dugout as he continues his period of isolation but will be allowed to communicate with his staff from home.
To add to the disappointing news, the Gunners still have some other injuries to contend with.
With that in mind, football.london has taken a look at the latest injury and Covid news from the Emirates.
Arteta is set to miss Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City on New Year’s Day after returning a positive Covid-19 test, the club have confirmed.
A statement on arsenal.com 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.”
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Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares, Callum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles
The Gunners were without a number of players during their 5-0 win at Norwich on Boxing Day due to coronavirus, with Chambers, Soares, Tomiyasu and Maitland-Niles among those infected.
What the club have said: “Cedric, Tomiyasu and Maitland-Niles all miss out on today’s squad after testing positive with Covid. Get well soon lads.”
We’re yet to hear whether they will be available to return against City, but Maitlaind-Niles was pictured in Arsenal training on Wednesday.
Expected return date: Unknown
Aubameyang has missed the last few matches because of a disciplinary breach. His future at Arsenal is now uncertain and a return date is yet to be determined.
What Arteta said: “No, he’s not available for selection.”
Expected return date: N/A
Kolasinac is unlikely to play any time soon, with the Bosnia and Herzegovina international sidelined with a ‘significant’ ankle injury that he suffered during November’s international break.
The former Schalke defender had to be carried off the field after a heavy challenge in a World Cup qualifier against Finland.
What’s been said: “Left ankle. Sead sustained a significant injury to his left ankle playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina during the November international period. Sead is now running outside and is aiming to be back in full training in January.”
Expected return date: New Year
Source by Football London