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Arsenal expect Kieran Tierney to be available to face Manchester City

The left back has been in COVID-19 isolation for nearly two weeks.

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The headline says it all here — Arsenal expect Kieran Tierney to be released from his mandatory 14-day quarantine for having close contact with Scotland teammate Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for COVID-19. The contact came from playing video games together in a hotel room, though Tierney says he maintained an appropriate distance from Armstrong at all times. The pair even used separate consoles.

Tierney tested negative both before and after the contact and would take another test upon returning to Arsenal. There are unconfirmed reports that he had tested positive himself a few months ago and may have antibodies as a result. That squares with Mikel Arteta’s comment on Thursday that they expected Tierney to be released because of “the history of the player and what happened in the last few months with him as well.”

Tierney being available would be a big boost for the Gunners, who have struggled to generate offense down the left side when he isn’t in the lineup. His skill on the ball and passing brings Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang into the play, which is important. Tierney also puts in a dangerous cross. which helps balance the Arsenal attack.

He has been in isolation for 10 days, so who knows what his current fitness level is. Presumably, he has been doing some sort of training to stay in shape, but I’d bet his options were limited. Of course, there is no guarantee that he will be released, but it looks to be heading that way. Fingers crossed.