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 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 best attack and best defence in the English top-flight this season.

Mikel Arteta on Covid-19 situation & Aubameyang

Mikel Arteta will miss the game due to him 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 the team in the dugout vs City:

Elsewhere, he also confirmed Arsenal currently have no 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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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 20 39 50
2 Chelsea FC 20 29 42
3 Liverpool FC 19 34 41
4 Arsenal FC 19 9 35
5 West Ham United 19 9 31
6 Tottenham Hotspur 17 2 30
7 Manchester United 17 2 28
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 18 -2 25
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 -1 24
11 Crystal Palace 19 0 23
12 Aston Villa 18 -4 22
13 Southampton FC 19 -9 21
14 Brentford FC 18 -4 20
15 Everton FC 17 -8 19
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 17 -13 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 19 -34 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
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
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 5
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5

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