Takehiro Tomiyasu and two other Arsenal stars miss Norwich clash due to Covid

Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have missed Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Norwich City on Boxing Day after testing positive for Covid.

Tomiyasu has established himself as Mikel Arteta’s first-choice right-back after a run of impressive performances since his arrival in the summer transfer window.

Cedric, meanwhile, has made just seven appearances this season, while Matiland-Niles has also struggled to secure a regular role in Arteta’s side.

With all three players unavailable, Arteta has opted to play Ben White at right-back for Arsenal’s match against Norwich on Boxing Day.

Earlier this week, Arsenal confirmed that Calum Chambers had also tested positive for Covid.

Albert Sambi Lokonga and Pablo Mari missed Arsenal’s win over Leeds last weekend after testing positive but returned to training this week and are on the bench against Norwich.

‘We’ve had four positives, we have some members of staff as well out,’ Arteta said on Sunday.

‘Like every club has had at the moment, we’re trying to look ahead, prepare the players mentally for what is coming, to prepare the players mentally to play in any position, in any situation because this can happen.

‘And try to be privileged as well, we are able to keep working and doing what we like most, and we have to carry on.’

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