Mikel Arteta says he’s hopeful that Kieran Tierney will be available for Saturday’s Premier League with Man City, but admits he’s not sure if the defender can play.
There was confusion last week after he was reportedly ordered to self-isolate for 14 days having come into close contact with an international teammate who had tested positive for Covid-19.
It led to Arsenal seeking clarification on the situation, but as of Thursday morning it was still unclear whether the Scotsman would be available for selection.
Speaking to the press, the Arsenal boss said, “This is getting very complicated when we send players abroad, you lose some control.
“Some authorities have different regulations to the ones in the Premier League. We are still some discussions with the authorities, and hopefully we will know more this afternoon.’
Asked if there was any chance of Tierney playing, Arteta said, “I hope so.
And on how difficult it was to manage player health and safety during international breaks, he continued, “At the end of the day we know we have a responsibility ourselves with our players with international duties.
“We have to give our players the opportunity to do that. International football needs our players, if not it will not work.
“I think we can still make things better for the future, and hopefully this international break helps minimise some of the errors which have been done. But the reality is that there are always some risks, whether they are here are there.
“[We need] to clarify some rules, certain protocols, try to unify them to give ourselves the best chance to protect our players and protect the clubs as well.”
Meanwhile, Hertha Berlin have announced that on-loan Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has tested positive for the virus, and is now in quarantine. They say he is free of symptoms, so let’s hope he suffers no ill-effects.
— Hertha BSC (@HerthaBSC) October 15, 2020