• Albert Stuivenberg to take team in manager’s Covid absence
  • Arteta says Arsenal believe they can beat Manchester City

Mikel Arteta has admitted frustration at being forced to watch Arsenal’s meeting with Manchester City in isolation as he recovers from Covid but is still hoping to have an influence from afar against the runaway Premier League leaders.

With Arteta recovering after what he described as “a couple of rough days” with the virus, his assistant Albert Stuivenberg will take charge at the Emirates as Arsenal attempt to record their first Premier League victory over City since Pep Guardiola’s arrival in 2016. Who will be alongside the Dutchman, an assistant to Louis van Gaal at Manchester United and Ryan Giggs with Wales before joining Arsenal in 2019, remains uncertain given the large number of cases within the coaching staff.

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