Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager, has tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time and will miss Saturday’s Premier League match against Manchester City, according to the club.
The 39-year-old Spaniard’s first positive test occurred in March 2020, prompting the suspension of English football as the pandemic spread.
Following Steven Gerrard of Aston Villa and Patrick Vieira of Crystal Palace, he is the third Premier League manager to test positive in recent weeks.
“Mikel Arteta will miss our match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day after testing positive for COVID-19,” the club said in a statement.
“We wish Michael luck while he isolates in accordance with government standards.”
Arteta is likely to hold his press conference on Thursday, despite the fact that his team has risen to fourth place after winning their past five matches in all competitions.
According to the BBC, Arteta added, “This is terribly disappointing.”
“I took the test after feeling under the weather. “As soon as I’m allowed, I’ll be at work.”
Arsenal’s London Colney training complex has been closed, and club workers who have had recent touch with Arteta will now be self-isolated.
On game day, assistants Albert Stuivenberg and Steve Round will be in control.
Calum Chambers, Cedric Soares, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were among the Gunners’ players who were infected with the coronavirus during their 5-0 win over Norwich on Sunday.
Arsenal’s Premier League match against Wolves was postponed on Tuesday due to an overabundance of Covid cases.
As Omicron variant cases, England and Wales reported nearly 130,000 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, a daily figure that set a new high.