Mikel Arteta isn’t the only Arsenal coach who will miss the visit of Manchester City on Saturday, with others testing positive for Covid-19.
The Telegraph report that Arsenal could be left threadbare in terms of their coaching staff on Saturday, with Mikel Arteta just one of those who has tested positive for Covid.
Other key members of his coaching team could reportedly also be absent, amid concern about the virus’ spread at the club.
There’s suspicion that Steve Round is one of the potential absentees, after he already missed Arsenal’s win over Norwich City on Boxing Day.
For now, it looks like Albert Stuivenberg is unaffected, as he took training on Wednesday in Arteta’s absence.
Arsenal confirmed on Wednesday that the team will be missing their head coach for this weekend’s game against Manchester City, following a positive Covid-19 test for Arteta.
The Arsenal boss is isolating in line with Government guidelines, according to the club. The good news is that his symptoms are mild.
It’s obviously unclear at this stage just how long he’ll be out, but the League Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool next Thursday is also seemingly under threat.
Given the other absentees in the coaching staff, it’s pretty clear now that Stuivenberg will be taking charge for the City game, assuming he remains healthy.