Arsenal dealt blow as Wolves’ Boxing Day clash vs Watford is postponed due to Covid

Wolves’ Boxing day clash with Watford has been postponed after Watford recorded an outbreak of positive Covid-19 cases in their camp.

A statement on Wolves’ website said: “The decision was taken with guidance from medical advisors, with Watford suffering an ongoing outbreak of positive Covid-19 cases, leaving them with an insufficient number of first-team players available to fulfil the game.

“A request was made to the Premier League board by Watford a decision was made quickly, to provide sufficient notice to supporters of both clubs planning to attend the fixture, initially scheduled for 12.30pm on Sunday.”

We’re yet to hear how this will impact the following round of fixtures as well.

Wolves are set to travel to Arsenal on December 28 whilst Watford host West Ham.

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As relayed by our colleagues at Herts Live, the Premier League expects the latter of those games to go ahead as Watford are expected to have players return from isolation before then.

As Wolves haven’t recorded any further Covid cases, it’s likely that – as things stand at least – the Midlands based side will be able to travel to north London to face the Gunners on the Bank Holiday.

However, that does give them an advantage over Mikel Arteta’s side.

Wolves haven’t played since Sunday’s draw with Chelsea, meaning they will have a total of nine days rest before playing Arsenal.

Meanwhile, the Gunners played in the Carabao Cup against Sunderland in the week and – providing there isn’t a late postponement – are still set to travel to Norwich on December 26.

As much as that’s far from ideal for Arsenal, it’s something that the club and fans will have to accept as the Premier League continues to back their decision to not postpone the season during the hectic winter schedule.

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