Mikel Arteta gives latest update on Kieran Tierney availability for Man City vs Arsenal

 Kieran Tierney of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage on September 12, 2020 in London, England.
Tierney still hopes to feature against City (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta ‘hopes’ Kieran Tierney can play for Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend despite the left-back initially being ruled out after an outbreak of coronavirus on international duty.

Tierney was said to be in contact with Stuart Armstrong – the Southampton midfielder who tested positive for the virus – while away with Scotland and was put into self-isolation for 14 days from October 6.

That spell in self-isolation would see him miss Saturday’s clash with Pep Guardiola’s side, however, Arteta revealed discussions are ongoing and that Tierney could be available.

Asked if Tierney could play this weekend, Arteta replied: ‘I hope so.

‘This is getting very complicated when we are sending players abroad and obviously you lose control, some authorities have different regulations to the actual ones in the Premier League.

‘We are still having some discussions with the authorities and hopefully we will know more this afternoon.’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 01, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around United Kingdom remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors.
Arteta hopes to have Tierney available (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)

Quizzed on whether Tierney had already tested positive for the virus earlier this summer, Arteta bluntly replied: ‘I cannot discuss individual medical things here.’

Tierney had released a statement after learning the news expressing his frustration at the situation.

‘I’m so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation,’ said Tierney.

‘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.

‘I know Arsenal and the SFA [Scottish Football Association] are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.’

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