Three Arsenal players were unable to train in the build-up to last week’s defeat at Manchester City after one of them returned a positive Covid-19 test.
The Gunners made their return to competitive action after a three-month hiatus away at Manchester City where they lost 3- 0.
An error-strewn performance from David Luiz cost them dearly at the Etihad Stadium, with the Brazilian defender at fault for the opening goal before then conceding a penalty and being sent off.
Their woes continued on Saturday as they also lost 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion thereby diminishing their hopes to finish the current season in the top five (5).
Mikel Arteta, who tested positive for coronavirus in March, had tried to ready the players for the resumption of top-flight football but the absence of three senior stars from training disrupted the preparations.
The unnamed player was instructed to self-isolate for seven days as a result, while it was also determined that he had been in close enough contact Arsenal FC with two team-mates that they had to take similar action.