Mikel Arteta’s arrival had brought stability to a chaotic season – but the importance of the next 10 games could hardly be higher

What was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? Had Mikel Mikel Arteta’s positive test for Covid-19 late on 12 March led a rapidly-unfolding series of events that brought the league to halt hours later. We will never know just how consequential that was to wider public health; for their part, Arsenal were already on red alert after several players had been forced to self-isolate, causing their match at Manchester City the previous day to be postponed. Casting this as the latest twist in a turbulent season seems slightly tawdry, but Arsenal were already at the point where one wondered what on earth could come next.

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