“I hope,” Arteta said when asked if Tierney would be available. “It gets very complicated when we send players overseas and obviously you lose control. Some authorities have different regulations than the Premier League. We are still having discussions with the authorities and we hope to find out more this afternoon.
It is possible that no clarification will be provided until Friday. Arsenal have stressed that Tierney would be tested again for Covid-19 if allowed to return to their training ground.
One player sure not to be involved is Mesut Özil, who was left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad last week and could face a similar fate when their 25-man squad for Premier League games is dropped. finalized next Tuesday. Arteta said it has been difficult to omit Özil, who turned 32 on Thursday, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from his selection.
“It’s a really hard decision for me to make because leaving players out of the squad at this level, where they know they can’t get involved, is really hard,” he said. . “I don’t like it at all, but the decision had to be made because we have an excess of foreign players. Unfortunately, we had to make this decision.
William Saliba was another absent from the Europa League squad, but Arteta said he didn’t expect the 19-year-old defender to be on loan before Friday’s deadline.