Arsenal have been dealt a potential blow with their Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool on the horizon.
The Reds take on the Gunners in the semi-final of the competition, with the first leg taking place at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, January 6.
Liverpool will then welcome Arsenal to Anfield for the second leg a week later on Thursday, January 13.
However, the build-up to the game will be disrupted for Arsenal after news that manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for Covid-19.
The club confirmed the news on Wednesday morning, along with the fact that Arteta will now miss Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Manchester City on New Year’s Day.
Under Government guidelines, which were changed last week, Arteta will be forced to self isolate for a minimum of seven days.
If he tests negative on day six and day seven of his self isolation, then he will be out in time to be back in the dugout for the clash against Liverpool.
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But if Arteta returns a positive result, he will still need to self isolate for the full 10 days that were the original guidelines set out by the government, meaning he would miss the Liverpool match.
Even if Arteta tests negative in time for the game against Liverpool, the Gunners boss will still be absent from training and team meetings in the days building up to the contest at the Emirates.
Liverpool secured passage to the semi-final of the Carabao Cup after claiming a penalty shootout victory over Leicester City in the previous round at Anfield.