Arteta’s Arsenal preparations for Man City clash suffer another crushing blow

Arsenal have been dealt another crushing blow ahead of their New Year's Day clash with Manchester City.

The Gunners have been in fine form of late having climbed up to fourth in the Premier League table as a 5-0 Boxing Day thumping of bottom club Norwich made it five wins on the bounce.

The north Londoners were due to be back in action two days later but a number of Coronavirus cases within the Wolves squad led to the match being postponed.

Arsenal are now themselves being affected by the disruptions caused amid the pandemic as manager Mikel Arteta has been forced to miss a reunion with old club City following a positive test.

However, Arteta won't be the only one to miss the crucial clash with table-toppers City at the Emirates as a number of his fellow Arsenal coaches have also come down with the virus, according to Telegraph Sport.

The latest blow means the Gunners are set to host the reigning Premier League champions with a skeleton coaching staff at their disposal.

With a number Arteta's team currently in isolation, assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg has been tasked with overseeing preparations ahead of Saturday's clash and led Wednesday's training session.

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Despite the disruption caused amongst the coaching staff, Arsenal's first-team squad are reportedly in good shape, with only a select few players having tested positive in recent weeks.

The Gunners will be well aware that they will need to be at their best as they come up against an imperious-looking City side that have established an eight-point lead atop the Premier League table following 10 wins on the spin.

This isn't the first time Arteta has been sidelined through Covid-19 having previously been the Premier League's first big name to contract the virus back in March of 2020, prior to football's lockdown.

The Spaniard isn't the only manager to be absent from the Premier League touchline in recent weeks, with the likes of Eddie Howe, Steven Gerrard and Patrick Vieira all being sidelined by Coronavirus.

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