Mikel Arteta tests positive for Covid with Arsenal boss to miss Man City reunion

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Mikel Arteta has tested positive just days before Arsenal face his old club Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

The manager will subsequently miss the crucial Premier League showdown on New Year's Day, having had the previous fixture postponed due to an outbreak of Covid in the Wolves camp earlier in the week.

It will come as a huge blow to a vibrant Arsenal side which have been in fine form since their defeat to Everton earlier in the month.

Arteta first contracted the virus back at the very start of the pandemic last March, and he will now spend the next several days in isolation.

The Gunners have struggled against the reigning Premier League champions in recent years, suffering nine straight league defeats to City which also happens to be their longest against any opponent in their league history.

Their last clash ended in a calamitous 5-0 loss at the Etihad back in August which saw Granit Xhaka red-carded and major questions asked about Arteta's future going into the international break.

Arsenal had been coming off a poor run which included an opening day humiliation at Brentford followed by a home defeat to Chelsea.

The Spaniard's side are far better equipped this time around after winning five games on the trot in which they have netted 19 goals.

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But they will undoubtedly miss the presence of their animated manager on the sidelines, with Arteta gesticulating and shouting throughout their recent fixtures.

The Gunners boss finally appears to have got his ideas across to players two years after being appointed, with Arsenal's front four of Alexandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard playing scintillating, free-flowing football in recent weeks.

They face their toughest challenge yet against the league leaders on Saturday with Pep Guardiola's side coming off the back of three high-scoring victories.

A shock victory for Arsenal, should they be able to pull it off, will be a huge boost for the north Londoners in their pursuit of a top-four finish.

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