Arsenal expect Kieran Tierney to face Man City in major boost for Mikel Arteta

Arsenal are hopeful that Kieran Tierney will be available for their clash with Manchester City on Saturday – with reports suggesting the club have successfully cut his isolation period short.

Tierney, 23, was told he would be required to self-isolate for 14 days after Scotland team-mate Stuart Armstrong tested positive for Covid-19 last Wednesday.

The Gunners left-back had been identified as a “close contact” of Armstrong, meaning he would be forced to undergo quarantine in what appeared a major blow for Mikel Arteta.

But according to The Telegraph, Tierney will be part of the Arsenal squad which travels to Manchester this weekend.

Both the club and player have insisted that he followed all social-distancing protocols during his time with Armstrong on international duty.

And it is believed the evidence provided by Arsenal, which showed Tierney did not come closer than 2.8 metres to the Southampton ace, has proved successful.

The pair had reportedly been playing video games together, although they are understood to have been in possession of their own portable consoles.

As a result, they did not touch the same equipment or play on the same screen.

Tierney is also said to have antibodies to the virus after testing positive for coronavirus earlier this year.

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Before the start of the new campaign, the youngster reportedly went through a self-isolation period after returning a positive test – although he displayed no symptoms and has since tested negative in every round of examination for club and country.

He has missed out on several training sessions during his time in isolation, nevertheless, meaning Arteta may choose to start him on the bench at the Etihad.

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The Arsenal boss insisted he would be “extremely disappointed” if Tierney was not cleared to face City on Saturday, saying: “We have tried to do all the right things to keep the players safe.

“We know the history with the player and what happened in the last few months with him as well. So we are very reassured that there is no risk for him to be involved with us. That is the case we are defending really strongly with the authorities.”

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