Arsenal have confirmed at least five first-team players at out Manchester City clash at Etihad Stadium in the Premier League rescheduled on Wednesday night.
Arteta spent three years learning under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, acting as his assistant manager during that time, winning back-to-back Premier League titles before left league holders in December to take up his first managerial role – back at his old club.
And the two friends will go head-to-head for the first time since Arteta left the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night but Lucas Torreira has been ruled out for eight to 10 weeks with an ankle fracture.
Shkodran Mustafi, who missed the 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday with a thigh problem, is being assessed ahead of the trip to The Etihad but Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac are still out.
Defender Cedric Soares who is yet to play for the club, since completing a loan move from Southampton, has only just joined full training.
An official update read: “Calum Chambers – Left knee. Ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Chelsea (h) on December 29. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take between six to nine months.
“Sead Kolasinac – Right shoulder. Significant strain to right shoulder joint during Everton (h) on February 23. Aiming to return to full training by the end of March.
“Shkodran Mustafi – Tight right thigh. Being assessed ahead of Manchester City (a).
“Cedric Soares – Left knee. Aiming to be in full training this week (w/c Monday, March 9).
“Lucas Torreira – Right ankle. Sustained fracture to right ankle during Portsmouth (a) on March 2. Still receiving continual assessments. Recovery process expected to take between eight to ten weeks.”
Arsenal are currently in ninth place with 40 points.