(Reuters) – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will sit out Saturday’s Premier League game at home to Manchester City after testing positive for COVID-19, the club said on Wednesday.
Arsenal are fourth in the table on 35 points after 19 games, 12 points behind leaders City.
“Mikel is isolating in line with Government guidelines and we wish him well,” Arsenal said in a statement https://www.arsenal.com/news/mikel-arteta-miss-manchester-city-match.
Arteta previously tested positive in March 2020, shortly before the pandemic forced the Premier League to shut down for more than three months.
The 39-year-old is also the latest Premier League manager to test positive after Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira nL1N2TB04Q and Aston Villa’s Steven Gerrard nL1N2TA06A.
A record 103 positive nL1N2TC0QL COVID-19 cases were found among players and staff in the Premier League over the past week following a raft of fixture postponements during the busy festive period.
Britain reported a record 129,471 nL1N2TD0ZK new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as it battles a surge in infections fuelled by the Omicron variant.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)