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No Brazilian trio for Arsenal against Chelsea

Sat 26 December 2020 | 18:04

Arsenal have got unluckier this time with Gabriel set to miss their next three games because of Covid-19 protocols

The club affirmed the 23-year-old has been in close contact with somebody who has tested positive for Covid-19 and will seclude as a safety measure. 

The Brazilian center-back has not been enlisted in the squad to confront

Chelsea

on Boxing Day and will likewise miss games with Brighton on December 29 and West Brom on January 2. 

Arsenal

head coach Mikel Arteta is additionally without

David Luiz

and

Willian

because of ailment, yet the club affirmed they as of late were negative for COVID-19 and their conditions will be firmly checked. 

The absence of the three Brazilians could hinder Arteta's search for success and his plans to get back on track.

The Gunners have not won a

Premier League

fixture since beating Manchester United on November 1, and are down in the fifteenth spot of the table. 

A game with Chelsea is an overwhelming one, yet the matches that follow against Brighton and West Brom are immense for a side who could be hauled into the drop zone and Mikel Arteta is fully aware of the gravity of their situation. 

"The next seven to eight days are going to be crucial to see where we're going to be heading to in the Premier League," he told the club’s official website. "The best medicine when you are in this situation is to win a football match.

"Every defeat is another hurting moment, another moment of disappointment, another moment you have to lift yourself up and that's what we've got to do.

"I think the medicine for all of us would be to come here against Chelsea, beat them and then move from there. It's exactly what we all need.

"We have to draw a line. A lot of things happened [against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup]. Again, we have to focus on the Premier League, because it's a priority in the situation we're in.

"We have a crucial week this week. We have to stand up and we have to pick up the points. Let's draw a line and move forward."

 


source: SportMob