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Arsenal blow as Mikel Arteta set to miss Manchester City clash

Arsenal blow as Mikel Arteta set to miss Manchester City clash

Mikel Arteta is set to miss Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City this weekend, the club have confirmed.

Arsenal vs Manchester City

Arsenal are set to face one of their toughest tests of the season this coming weekend when they take on Pep Guardiola’s men.

The Gunners are on a fine run of form, which has seen them win four on the bounce in the Premier League and climb up to 4th in the table.

However, Arsenal have not had to deal with a top team for several weeks now.

And, when they have done so earlier in the campaign, Arsenal have struggled, losing to Manchester City 5-0 in the reverse fixture back in August.

The north Londoners have also lost to Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United already this term, with Tottenham the only ‘big-six’ side they have picked up three points against in 2021/22.

Manchester City are also in superb form and currently boast the joint-best attack and best defence in the English top-flight this season.

Arsenal blow as Mikel Arteta set to miss Manchester City clash

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Europa League Semi-final Second Leg match between Arsenal and Villareal CF at Emirates Stadium on May 06, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around Europe remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta to miss Manchester City clash

So, even with the likes of Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe in top form, Arsenal getting anything against City seems unlikely.

And it is made even more unlikely now that Mikel Arteta will miss the game due to Covid-19.

The club released an official statement regarding the matter on Wednesday:

Mikel Arteta will miss our match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day after testing positive for COVID-19. Mikel is isolating in line with Government guidelines and we wish him well.

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

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Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
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Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
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