Arsenal 'are preparing to face Man City with a skeleton coaching staff after more positive tests'

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Arsenal ‘are preparing to face Man City with a skeleton coaching staff after more key members of Mikel Arteta’s backroom set-up test positive for Covid’ hours after the Spaniard caught the virus for a SECOND time

  • Arsenal will reportedly have a skeleton coaching staff for the Man City game 
  • On Wednesday, the Gunners announced that Mikel Arteta had caught Covid 
  • Now reports claim that more members of his backroom setup have the virus
  • Arteta is among a number of managers to miss games due to a positive test 


Arsenal face the prospect of being left with a skeleton coaching staff for their New Year’s Day clash with Manchester City, after more key members of Mikel Arteta’s backroom team tested positive for Covid. 

On Wednesday, Arsenal announced that boss Arteta would miss their game against City after the Spaniard tested positive for a second time, having first contracted the virus in March 2020.

And The Telegraph reports that other members of staff in Arteta’s backroom coaching set up will miss the game at the Emirates with the virus spreading at the club.

Arsenal are reportedly prepared to have a skeleton coaching staff for the game v Man City

Arsenal are reportedly prepared to have a skeleton coaching staff for the game v Man City

Arteta’s assistant coach, Albert Stuivenberg, took training on Wednesday and is expected to be the main man in the dugout for the game against the Premier League champions this weekend. 

The Gunners are monitoring the coaching situation and rigorous testing protocols are being maintained, with the first-team squad remaining largely unscathed in recent weeks.  

As of Thursday morning, there was no concern among officials as to whether the north Londoners would be able to field enough senior players to fulfil the fixture.

Mikel Arteta tested positive for Covid and reports suggest that more of his staff have the virus

Mikel Arteta tested positive for Covid and reports suggest that more of his staff have the virus

Albert Struivenberg took training and is expected to be in the dugout for the City fixture

Albert Struivenberg took training and is expected to be in the dugout for the City fixture

The spate in Covid cases is a setback for the in-form Gunners who take on a City side with confidence soaring having won their last 10 league games in a row. 

Arteta joins Premier League counterparts Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira and Eddie Howe in being forced to miss games on the touchline as a result of testing positive for Covid.  

The Spaniard’s positive test back in March 2020 led to the shutdown of English football before Project Restart helped the top-flight complete the 2019-20 campaign.  

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