At the point when three players were out of the blue driven into self-isolation after a positive coronavirus diagnosis last Wednesday, Arsenal’s preparations for their 3-0 misfortune to Manchester City were chaotically affected. The match was the subsequent Premier League restart game and Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, and Phil Foden ‘s goals carried the Gunners to the blade.
The misfortune marked the finish of a troublesome week when Arsenal had to travel to Manchester only three hours before the game after not discovering accommodation, and now David Ornstein of The Athletic has affirmed that they too had to battle with some coronavirus carnage.
After having tested emphatically for the infection over the earlier week, one of their players was approached and it was resolved that the player being referred to had been in ‘near contact’ with two teammates, driving the three players into self-isolation and missing three days of 90min training.
Arsenal accepted the test could have been a false positive since the player had recently tested negative and never really make him in danger of catching the infection, so they did their own tests.
Both antigen tests and antibody tests, which decide if an individual has or is presently recouping from the infection, have returned negative separately. Government rules allow individuals to leave self-isolation in the event that they can pass the anti-equality test, however, the Premier League would not embrace Arsenal’s desire to restore the trio to training. At that point, the players had to wait until the following official round of training, and they were just allowed to come back to practice after they had all brought negative back.
It isn’t the main cause of this happening as Marco Stiepermann of Norwich City was hit with an affirmed false positive in the same round of testing as this secret Arsenal player, yet he was able to come back to training early after passing two infection tests.
The impact this had on his game preparations will be controlled by Mikel Arteta, although dislike it would have had too much impact.
The misfortune saw Arsenal drop to the seventh in the Premier League table, and they presently sit 11 points behind the top four in the chase.