Arsenal assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg forced to take training ahead of Man City clash after Arteta catches Covid

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Arsenal are sweating Saturday’s crucial home game against Manchester City after manager Mikel Arteta contracted Covid for the second time.

The 39-year-old Spaniard tested a positive on Tuesday and will now have to isolate for at least seven days.

Arsenal assistant boss Albert Stuyvenburg took Arsenal training session on Wednesday

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Arsenal assistant boss Albert Stuyvenburg took Arsenal training session on Wednesdaycredit: getty
Dutch coach Steuvenberg is expected to be in charge with Steve Round for Saturday's match against Manchester City

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Dutch coach Steuvenberg is expected to be in charge with Steve Round for Saturday’s match against Manchester Citycredit: getty
Alexandre Lacazette could once again be tasked with leading the line for the Gunners on New Year's Day

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Alexandre Lacazette could once again be tasked with leading the line for the Gunners on New Year’s Daycredit: getty

And although he is suffering from only mild symptoms of illness, he will be forced to miss his former club’s trip to Emirates.

Currently, the plan is for Arteta’s assistants Albert Stuivenberg and Steve Round to take over the reins of the team.

But this is dependent on the virus not spreading further in the next 48 hours as several coaching staff as well as some players are already in various stages of recovery from the virus.

Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Cedric Soares and Callum Chambers all missed Boxing Day wins at Norwich after testing positive last week.

Arsenal players undergo daily lateral flow tests and no more positive cases have been reported so far.

But the entire squad will have to undergo mandatory PCR tests on Thursday and Friday, which could lead to more cases.

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Thomas Partey to leave for Africa Cup of Nations after clash against Nationalscredit: getty

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Arsenal starlet Charlie Patino once again trains with the first team in London Colony

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Arsenal starlet Charlie Patino once again trains with the first team in London Colonycredit: getty

With record levels for the Omicron edition being held in London, the club is also concerned about the possibility that Emirates stewards and matchday staff are unavailable for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

Arsenal are for now confident that the game will go ahead and are eager to avoid any further postponement after calling off Tuesday’s scheduled home game against Wolves.

They are fourth on the table after winning their last four Premier League games and are looking to avenge their 5-0 loss by league leaders City in August.

Arteta is expected to return to the training ground ahead of the first leg of his Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool next week.

The lucky boss became British football’s first coronavirus victim when the sport in the country was shut down for three months due to his positive test in March 2020.

He has received all his vaccinations and boosters and will continue to supervise training remotely from his home and attend his scheduled pre-match press conferences via Zoom.

Martin Odegaard has scored three goals and as many assists in his last six Premier League games.

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Martin Odegaard has scored three goals and as many assists in his last six Premier League games.credit: getty

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