Liverpool and Arsenal duo stuck in Egypt, Real Madrid makes Isco transfer decision and more news


After flying home for their country’s African Cup of Nations qualifiers last week, the duo had returned positive tests for coronavirus.

Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny have returned positive tests for coronavirus for a second time, the Egyptian FA have confirmed.

The Reds forward has been in mandatory self-isolation since Friday when he tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms, and subsequently missed Egypt’s crucial African Cup of Nations two-legged qualifier with Togo.

Elneny featured in the first of the two games before being ruled out for the second fixture after returning a positive test earlier this week and has been self-isolating in the African country’s capital city Cairo since Monday.

Higher-ups of the Egyptian FA had earlier hoped that the duo would return a negative test on the second time of asking and be involved in the Premier League at the weekend. But both Salah and Elneny will now miss their side’s respective games against Leicester City and Leeds United on Sunday.

Liverpool and Arsenal duo stuck in Egypt
Both returned second positive tests for COVID-19 earlier today (Image Copyright: imago images / Geisser)

Top News 2: Real Madrid makes Isco transfer decision

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners could be the exit route for Real Madrid star
Isco has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid (Image Copyright: imago images / ZUMA Wire / xIrinaxR.xHx)

The Spain international has been a peripheral figure at Real Madrid this season and has been linked with a move to Everton in two months’ time.

Real Madrid have decided to cash-in on attacking midfielder Isco in the January transfer window, according to reports coming out from Spain.

The 28-year-old Spain international has started only three games for Los Blancos in La Liga this season amid reports that his relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane is at an all-time low.

Isco himself made little secret of his anger at the lack of playing time coming his way, as evidenced by the dig he aimed at his boss earlier this season. Zidane then responded diplomatically when asked about the player’s comments but it seems that their relationship has reached at a breaking point.

Throw into the mix the fact that the player will be a free agent at the end of next season, and one could easily imagine a scenario in which the Spaniard will be bidding farewell to his teammates either in January – as reported by El Confidencial – or next summer.

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Top News 3: Mikel Arteta aims dig at Unai Emery

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Since replacing his fellow countryman as Gunners’ manager last December, Arteta has proved to be a far more popular figure with the club’s faithful.

Mikel Arteta has taken a swipe at former Arsenal manager Unai Emery by claiming he was “shocked” at the poisonous atmosphere at the club when he took over last December.

The former Man City assistant boss replaced Emery after a poor run of results forced the Gunners’ hierarchy to relieve the ex-Sevilla manager of his duties at the club. He has since then led Arsenal to an FA Cup victory and has managed them to the top spot in their Europa League group.

However, while he has returned the feel-good feeling at the Emirates, Arteta has admitted that the poisonous atmosphere between the club’s players and the fans shocked him when he took over the reins of the North London club last year.

The 38-year-old manager further told Arsenal’s official website that one of his first priorities as the club’s manager was to rebuild the poor relationship between fans and players.

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