Arsenal reported that Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes tested positive for COVID-19, while also informing fans on the status of David Luiz, Willian, and Thomas Partey’s teammates.
Each of the four missed the London derby with Chelsea, in which their rivals were swept aside by a weakened Gunners XI in a comfortable 3-1 win. Before a spectacular free-kick from Granit Xhaka and a beautiful – if fortuitous – finish from Bukayo Saka took them out of reach, and Alexandre Lacazette penalty got things started.
All four absences were confirmed beforehand. After coming into close touch with a promising case, the club confirmed that Gabriel had been isolated, while Willian and Luiz were out with an unrelated disease, and Partey continued his recovery from injury.
However, on Monday, the club announced that Gabriel tested positive for the virus and isolated missed trips to Brighton and West Brom for the next ten days, according to government guidelines. They hope that on 9 January he will be back in time to face Newcastle.
A club statement read: “Gabriel has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating according to UK Government and Premier League protocols. We will continue to monitor and support Gabriel, and we are hoping he will be available again after our next two matches.”
The club has reported that Luiz and Willian and their teammates have recovered from their illnesses and have returned to training. On Partey, they state that after picking up a thigh injury against Tottenham, he has ‘progressed well’ and will be tested regularly ahead of a possible return.
The club did not agree to a date for the return of the Ghanaian midfielder.