Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of his side's Premier League clash with league leaders Manchester City.
The North London club confirmed the news in a statement released on their website on Wednesday.
Arteta will not be in the dugout when The Gunners welcome his former employers to the Emirates on January 1 for their first game of the year 2022.
Arteta is expected to self-isolate for at least seven days after he tested positive for coronavirus.
"Mikel Arteta will miss our match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day after testing positive for COVID-19.
"Mikel is isolating in line with Government guidelines and we wish him well," Arsenal's statement read.
Recently, The Gunners' clash with Wolves billed for December 28 was postponed because of Covid-19 cases in the Midlands club's camp as the EPL continue to experience cases of the Omicron variant which has forced the postponement of some matches.
UK Sun recalled that Arsenal's clash with City in was postponed last year after Arteta became the first high profile figure in the EPL to test positive for coronavirus in March 2020.
However, regardless of the Omicron variant's disruption to the current EPL season, clubs have agreed to continue with the league season to the best of their ability.