Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in Covid-19 quarantine after attending to a personal issue.
The Gabonese striker has missed his side's last three games, with Arsenal initially only citing "personal reasons", but the 31-year-old subsequently revealed that he was visiting his ill mother.
Arteta has now confirmed that Aubameyang is in quarantine but that the club are working on a solution with the British government and the Premier League to get him back in action.
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"We have to follow the rules and the protocols right now and the protocols say he cannot be involved at the moment," Arteta said at a press conference after his side's 0-0 draw with Manchester United, which Aubameyang missed.
"He had a family issue he had to attend to and these are the consequences to that. We are working with the Premier League and government about it. He's been looking after his family and now he's in quarantine.
"We have to follow the rules and the protocols right now. And the protocols says that he cannot be involved at the moment. We have to respect that and the doctor is managing the situation currently."
Arsenal were also without Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka for the fixture against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, but Arteta was happy with how his side performed without three key men.
"The fact that we had three of our best players out probably has an impact. But I’m really happy with the players who played today. "
Arsenal have not lost in the Premier League since before Christmas and Arteta is refusing to put a limit on his ambitions for the season after a dramatic uptick in form after a miserable autumn run.
"Well I don’t know but we’re gonna give it a real go. I think the team is in a really good moment.

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I think we are moving in the right direction. So when that’s the case I have to push them inch by inch and make them believe that we can finish the season in a really strong way."
Reflecting on the match with United, defender David Luiz was annoyed that his team could not go on and grab all three points, with Alexandre Lacazette hitting the bar and Willian missing a presentable chance.
"I'm frustrated because we love to win. We tried our best, that's it. We have to try to improve every day, you have to be humble and to admit what you need to improve.
"The boss is doing a great job, the young boys are fantastic and I think we are starting to create a real team with a real atmosphere.
"But if you don't work hard every single day things can change. The boys are happy because we have turned around a very difficult moment in our season.
"You have to be humble because we are far from the first positions. We have to think game by game and at the end of the season we will see how far we can go.
"The ambition is to be fighting for the first positions - that ambition has to be there. This is what we have to put in our minds every single day."
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