In an attempt to prevent any kind of Covid outbreak that could prove detrimental to their recent good form, Arsenal have implemented new rules with the safety of their players in mind.
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Arsenal have imposed strict new rules to try to minimize the chances of any of their players catching Covid-19 during the hectic holiday schedule.
The Gunners are one of the few Premier League clubs that have not seen their schedule affected by any Covid cases within their ranks; no Arsenal games have been postponed so far this season.
That’s in stark contrast to the top four rivals, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, who have seen several of their matches postponed to be rescheduled at a later date, leading the Gunners to boast of many games about the pair.
Arsenal have seen a recent spike in cases and while most come from backroom staff or those working at London Colney’s training ground, a trio of players have been infected.
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Albert Sambi Lokonga, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers all tested positive for the virus, knocking them out of action for recent wins over Leeds and Sunderland in the league and the Carabao Cup, respectively.
In an attempt to avoid more cases within their ranks, football.london reports that the Gunners have implemented new rules to ensure their team is in the best possible condition for the upcoming meetings against Norwich and Wolves, respectively.
Club doctor Gary O’Driscoll reportedly warned players to stay away from busy restaurants, as well as any crowded public spaces, as the case rate across the country continues to skyrocket as it approaches. Christmas.
Arsenal were forced to temporarily close their training ground last week after positive cases were detected within the club’s staff, although their games were still going ahead.
Chief Mikel Arteta has spoken at length about his frustration over the situation, lamenting how difficult it is to try to keep his players free from Covid when the country is open for business, inevitably leading to an increase in cases.
“We have to put all the protocols back in place,” said the Arsenal manager before last Saturday’s victory in Leeds.
“But the situation is very complicated because it is impossible to create a bubble around the training field and the stadium when everyone is open.
“Because it’s not about us, it’s about the people we have around us, it’s about our children, it’s all the people who are connected to us that make the situation really complicated.”
Arsenal have urged all their players to take the opportunity to get vaccinated, as those vaccinated will not have to isolate themselves for as long as those who contract the virus and have not received both jabs.