Arsenal blow as star ruled out of Man City clash after team-mate contracts coronavirus

Arsenal will be without left-back Kieran Tierney against Manchester City after the international break, with the Scot required to self-isolate for 14 days after coming in to contact with Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong.

The Scotland national team confirmed on Wednesday that Tierney and Celtic’s Ryan Christie had been in close contact with Armstrong, who has contracted COVID-19.

One unnamed physiotherapist and one unnamed masseur will also be required to go into a two-week period of isolation.

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Tierney’s quarantine began on Tuesday but it means he will not be able to report back to the Gunners’ training base until after the clash with City.

Armstrong was the only played in the Scotland squad to test positive despite having initially tested negative after reporting for international duty on Monday.

His diagnosis emerged on Wednesday after a supplementary UEFA test came back positive, with the midfielder now self-isolating for 10 days from Tuesday.

The trio will miss their country’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel as well as Nations League matches against Slovakia and Czech Republic.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke said: “While this is obviously disappointing news the most important thing is the health and safety of the individuals involved and the wider group.

“We have informed the respective clubs from whom we have borrowed the players and backroom staff and we now have to prepare for a huge match ahead tomorrow.”

Tierney will be a big miss for Mikel Arteta’s men at the Etihad a week on Saturday (5.30pm kick-off). 

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He was deployed in a left-back role in the win over Sheffield United last weekend but has also been used as a left-sided centre-back in a back three this term.

Depending on what system Arteta deploys in the 23-year-old’s absence, Sead Kolasinac could replace him, or Arsenal could return to a 3-4-3.

Doing so would seemingly see Gabriel Magalhaes play on the left with David Luiz in the middle and Rob Holding returning to the team on the right.

Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are then options at left wing-back.

Centre-backs Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers are making progress in their returns from injury but are not expected to play in Manchester.


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Meanwhile Sokratis has yet to play for Arsenal this season and Gabriel Martinelli is another who remains absent due to injury.

Thomas Partey could come in to contention at City after joining the Gunners for £45million on transfer deadline day on Monday.

Arteta said after the signing of the Ghanaian holding midfielder: “We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad.

“He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in LaLiga and the Champions League for several years.

“We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”

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