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Mikela Arteta provides Kieran Tierney update ahead of Man City clash

Mikela Arteta provides Kieran Tierney update ahead of Man City clash

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has provided an update on Kieran Tierney's availability ahead of Arsenal's Premier League game against Manchester City.

The Scotland full-back was ordered to undergo self-isolation for 14 days after coming into close contact with international teammate Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

Armstrong and Tierney, along with Celtic's Ryan Christie, all missed Scotland's three matches during the international break against Israel, Slovakia and the Czech Republic due to the outbreak.

Whilst Armstrong's 10-day period of isolation will end on Friday, thus making him available for Southampton's game against Chelsea on Saturday, Tierney is set to miss out on Arsenal's game against Man City, with the defender releasing a statement after the announcement, speaking of his disappointment as he had followed all social distancing guidelines.

In his statement he said: "I'm so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation. I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team mates in the hotel. I've also tested negative."

He added that "Arsenal and the SFA are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding".

Speaking on Tierney's availability, Arteta stated that talks are ongoing on whether a compromise can be reached to ensure that the Scottish international is eligible for the game.

"This is getting very complicated when we send players abroad and lose control" Arteta said in his press conference.

Arteta added that "Some authorities have different regulations to the ones in the Premier League."

Arteta still hopes that the 23-year-old will be available for the game, and whilst discussions are ongoing, he stated that he "cannot discuss individual medical things".


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