Just In: Mikel Arteta provided huge boost over Kieran Tierney available for Man City clash

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is hoping to have full-back Kieran Tierney available for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Etihad stadium as discussions over his need to self-isolate continue.

Tierney, as well as compatriot Ryan Christie, were instructed to quarantine for fourteenth days after Scotland team-mate Stuart Armstrong tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty.

Both Ryan Christie and Kieran Tierney returned negative tests and have insisted they complied with social-distancing guidelines.

But Scottish health authorities identified the two players, as well as two members of the Scotland backroom staff, as close contacts of Stuart Armstrong.

Kieran Tierney missed Scotland’s three fixtures and told Arsenal’s website he was ‘so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation’.

But, as talks remain ongoing to release Tierney from his period of self-isolation, Mikel Arteta remains hopeful the full-back can feature at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

‘We are still having some discussions with the authorities,’ the Arsenal boss said.

‘This is getting very complicated when you are sending players abroad and obviously you lose control.

‘Some authorities have different regulations to the actual ones in the Premier League.’

Mikel Arteta believes it is important to keep international fixtures on the calendar with big tournaments coming up but wants consistency in the rules.

‘What we are asking is that we try to unify those protocols, rules to try to create a safe environment for our players,’ he said.

‘But as well protect the clubs because obviously the impact of having a few players out when we resume the Premier League is really big.’

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