Mikel Arteta Tests Positive For COVID-19
Mikel Arteta Tests Positive For COVID-19

After testing positive for Covid-19, Mikel Arteta will miss Arsenal’s match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day.

The Spaniard is currently isolated after contracting the virus in March 2020, triggering the suspension of football at the outset of the epidemic.

“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 Mikel luck while he isolates in accordance with government standards.”

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Arteta will be placed in isolation for one week. People who have 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 infections among Bruno Lage’s squad.

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