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Double blow for Arsenal loan stars as Mikel Arteta hints at Thomas Partey debut vs Man City

Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi tests positive for coronavirus

Hertha Berlin have confirmed that Matteo Guendouzi has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Frenchman joined Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal this summer and has spent the international break with France’s U21s.

The German side have now confirmed via a statement that Guendouzi has contracted coronavirus and must undergo self-isolation for 10 days.

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“Matteo Guendouzi has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from international duty.

“There has been no contact with any Hertha players or staff. He is symptom-free and feeling well, but will now self-isolate for 10 days. Get well soon, Matteo!”

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Mikel Arteta breaks silence on whether Thomas Partey will make his Arsenal debut against Man City

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Thomas Partey has two training sessions to convince him he is ready to make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City.

The Ghanaian midfielder joined Arsenal from Atletico Madrid on deadline day in a deal valued at £45million.

He has spent the international break with Ghana and played 90 minutes during friendlies with Mali and Qatar. He will now return to North London where Arteta says he is open to the idea of handing him a debut against Man City at the weekend.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with new signing Thomas Partey
(Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“He was here just yesterday (Wednesday), getting familiar with everything around the club. Today he will have his first training session,” Arteta said. “Everything has to come really quickly for him.

“We knew that before we signed him. But he’s fit, he’s very willing to start playing. We…