Mikel Arteta confirms there has been Covid-19 outbreak in Arsenal camp

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed there are a “few players” who have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Gunners confirmed before the clash with Leeds United that Albert Sambi Lokonga has fell victim to the virus and is isolating following the result.

However, it appears that there are more cases at London Colney, with Arteta confirming that the club had to close the training ground after their win against West Ham United earlier in the week.

Speaking to Sky Sports before the Gunners’ clash with Leeds, Arteta said: “We cannot train the day after the match because we had to close Colney for different reasons.

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“We’ve had a few cases like any other team. The Premier League has to make a decision, whether we continue or not, and we’ll carry on doing what they say.

“They (the Premier League) know much better than us, we are here for the simple decisions, like prepare the team and keep them safe.

“We had quite a lot of the staff members and a few players as well (test positive).”

Arteta was also asked about the Covid situation in the Premier League during his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon and called for more clarity on the matches that keep being postponed due to rising cases.

He said: “Well health-wise, I hope we’re doing everything we can to protect everybody. The vaccine protocols are in place, everybody is trying to do their best and I’m sure with everything we are doing we can do our best to maintain everybody healthy. In terms of the competition – two things.

“One, we need more clarity on why those games are not being played and what you need to not play a game so we all play in the same league, because at the end of the day we all play in the same league.

“Because at the end the most important thing is that we are able to maintain, within this context, the fairness of the competition. For me this is a big thing now.”


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