Mikel Arteta will miss Arsenal’s match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day after returning a positive COVID-19 test.
football.london understands that Arteta suffers from mild symptoms and plans to attend tomorrow’s press conference at a distance as things stand.
The Spaniard previously contracted the virus in March 2020 ahead of the suspended break from the season.
But who will replace Arteta on the sidelines at Emirates Stadium on Saturday?
football.london take a look at the coaching staff who are going to take the reins this weekend.
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The Dutchman has played an important role alongside Arteta since joining the coaching staff and is regularly seen next to the Arsenal boss while wearing AirPods.
As previously reported by football.london, Stuivenberg tends to specialize in the technical side of things at Arsenal. He is a huge user of video analytics and can be seen giving instructions to replacements using an iPad in most fights while preparing to move on.
Stuivenberg took charge of Wednesday’s training and is expected to receive instructions from Arteta during the match on Saturday.
The round was not pictured on any of the training pictures on Wednesday, but would normally be in dugout on a match day.
He worked with the player Arteta when the Spaniard was at Everton and has extensive experience in English football.
The 51-year-old has previously had periods at Manchester United and England before spending two years as football director at Aston Villa.
Molina had a similar path as her compatriot Cuesta and is considered an expert in integrating the physical and mental aspects of the game into training sessions.
He is also focused on video analysis and can usually be seen sitting in the stands on a match day while using his analysis game via his laptop and communicating information to the bench.
Cuesta speaks six languages and has worked for both Atletico Madrid and Juventus.
He could be heard shouting encouraging words – and frustration – as there were no fans inside the stadiums last season.
The 26-year-old works one-on-one with the players and is strongly focused on using video analytics.
Jover joined Arsenal this summer after replacing Andreas Georgson as the club’s set pieces specialist.
He spent two seasons at Manchester City and has previously worked at Brentford, Croatia and Montpellier.