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Mikel Arteta confirms who will be in charge of Arsenal vs Man City & reveals why Aubameyang has already left for AFCON

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta before the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK 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 Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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 Man City.

The Gunners are currently 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 did so earlier in the campaign, Mikel Arteta’s men struggled, losing 5-0 to Manchester City 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 whom they have picked up three points against.

Additionally, Manchester City are in superb form at present, boasting both the best attack and best defence in the English top-flight this season.

Mikel Arteta on Covid-19 situation & Aubameyang

Mikel Arteta will miss Saturday’s game after recently testing positive for Covid-19.

Despite this, the Spaniard still conducted a press conference via Zoom on Friday.

When doing so, he confirmed that Albert Stuivenberg will lead Arsenal from the dugout versus City:

Elsewhere, Arteta went on to confirm that Arsenal, thankfully, have not been forced to contend with any fresh Covid cases:

“I feel much better today. I had a couple of rough days but I have experienced this before. The rest of the squad is in a good place. We tested the players we don’t have any other news than the ones before.”

And, away from covid, the Arsenal boss has stated that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allowed to join up with Gabon for the AFCON early because he was not going to be involved vs Man City anyway and it was the right thing to do for the striker’s fitness:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# 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

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
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
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6