By Mark Smith

17th Nov, 2020 | 7:00am

BBC: Arsenal ace with 11 apps in 20/21 set to miss Leeds clash after COVID-19 test

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is set to miss the Premier League clash with Leeds United on Sunday afternoon.

BBC have shared an update on Monday evening after Elneny tested positive for COVID-19 during the international break.

The Gunners mainstay is the second Premier League player to test positive, with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah also now isolating.

Elneny hasn’t shown any symptoms but did test positive upon arrival in Togo ahead of Tuesday’s game.

The 28-year-old initially returned a negative test over the weekend and will be ordered to take another one upon his arrival in Cairo before isolating.

It is reported that Elneny “could” miss the game, but it is certainly highly likely unless it is a false-positive, something that is highly unlikely.

Mikel Arteta could also be without Thomas Partey, meaning that his midfield could be very weak for the game at Elland Road.

Elneny’s Arsenal career looked to have ended in recent years, but the arrival of Arteta gave his a resurgence in North London.

The 28-year-old has made 11 appearances in all competitions this season and has become a pivotal part of the Gunners’ new high pressing system.

Looking at this example from Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Manchester United earlier in the season, and in the 91st minute, he didn’t stop.

Despite having every man behind the ball, Elneny wasn’t ready to just sit back and let them keep pushing up until they may eventually get a chance.

Instead, he forced the mistake and it looks like Leeds won’t be facing that relentless energy on Sunday afternoon.

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