Arsenal

Mikel Arteta on Nottingham Forest, COVID and transfers

Mikel Arteta is set to face the press ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup Third Round clash with Nottingham Forrest at the City Ground on Sunday.

The Spaniard will be in the dugout for the first time since Boxing Day as he returns from a positive test for COVID-19 that saw him miss the New Year’s Day defeat to Manchester City.

Arteta was due to be back in action on Thursday night for the Gunners’ Carabao Cup semi final first leg against Liverpool, but that game had to be called off late in the day due to rising suspected cases of the virus in the Reds’ camp.

It has since been rescheduled in a manner that could heavily impact Arsenal’s fixture load in one of the most crucial periods of the season.

Meanwhile the Gunners are also dealing with several outgoing transfers. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Folarin Balogun are expected to complete loan moves away from the Emirates sooner rather than later while the club are open to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

This could see Edu bring in some players before the January window slams shut at the end of this month.

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