Arsenal announced that for COVID-19, Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes tested positive while also telling fans about David Luiz, Willian, and Thomas Partey’s status.
Each of the four missed the London derby with Chelsea, in which their rivals were swept aside in a comfortable 3-1 victory by a depleted Gunners XI. Before they were put out of control by a spectacular free-kick from Granit Xhaka and a beautiful – if fortuitous – finish from Bukayo Saka, things got started with an Alexandre Lacazette penalty.
The four absences were all confirmed in advance. The club announced that Gabriel had been separated after coming into close contact with a successful case, while Willian and Luiz were out with an unrelated illness, and Partey continued his recovery from injury.