The Spaniard previously tested positive in March 2020, shortly before English football was shutdown as the country tried to get a grip of the pandemic.
And Arsenal have confirmed that the manager will not be on the touchline for their game with the Premier League leaders at the Emirates Stadium having tested positive again.
Mikel Arteta will miss Arsenal’s New Year’s Day clash with City after testing positive for Covid
‘This is really disappointing,’ said Arteta, 39, via BBC Sport. ‘I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.’
Arsenal have now closed the club’s London Colney training ground and club staff who had recent contact with the Spaniard will now self isolate.
The Gunners were due to play Wolves on Tuesday but the game was postponed after the Molineux outfit were unable to field a side owing to Covid cases and injuries to Bruno Lage’s squad.
Arteta’s positive test is a setback for the Arsenal boss with his side in a rich vein of form. The Gunners moved into the top four last week after beating West Ham and have won their last five games in all competitions.
The Gunners have closed their London Colney training base following Arteta’s Covid case
Arsenal are in a rich vein of form and Arteta’s positive test presents a setback for the club
Elsewhere, an ’emergency meeting’ is set to be held on Friday among Premier League chiefs as football continues to battle with a surge of Covid outbreaks across the country.
Omicron, the ultra-infectious new Covid variant, has wreaked havoc across the football calendar in recent weeks, with infections rising at alarming rates. As a result, there are teams who find themselves with as many as three games in hand.
Boxing Day’s blockbuster line-up of matches was almost decimated by the virus, after three were called off – namely Liverpool’s clash with Leeds, Wolves’ showdown with Watford and Everton’s trip to Burnley.
This week’s round of midweek games have also been affected, with Arsenal v Wolves, Everton v Newcastle and Leeds v Aston Villa also postponed.