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Arsenal confirm defender Gabriel has tested positive for coronavirus

The Brazilian previously missed the team’s victory over Chelsea after entering into a close contract with someone who had Covid-19

Arsenal defender Gabriel has tested positive for the coronavirus and is now isolating himself after previously missing a clash with Chelsea during the weekend.

The club confirmed that Gabriel had been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 and would self-isolate as a precaution.

His quarantine prevented him from participating in the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Chelsea, as he entered a period of isolation that will keep him out of games with Brighton December 29 and West Brom January 2.

“Gabriel has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating himself under British government and Premier League protocols,” the club said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor and support Gabriel, and we hope he will be available again after our next two matches.”

The Brazilian defender isn’t the only Gunners star to miss Arsenal’s visit to Brighton on Tuesday as David Luiz and Willian will also be out for the Gunners’ final game of 2020.

Arsenal have confirmed that David Luiz and Willian “still feel bad” after missing out on Chelsea with illness.

The club have previously confirmed that David Luiz and Willian have recently tested negative for the coronavirus and that their situation will be closely monitored.

The Brazilian trio are joined on the absent list by Thomas Partey, who remains absent with a problem with his left thigh.

“Thomas has made good progress since the injury on December 6,” said a club statement. “He has started training outdoors and will continue with his daily assessments and monitoring.”

Gabriel joined Arsenal in September and has become a regular Mikel Arteta sub-manager.

The defender has appeared in a total of 15 Premier League games and Europa League action, scoring two goals in the domestic game.

David Luiz has played 14 times this season for the Gunners, while Willian, a summer signing from Chelsea, has yet to score in 16 total appearances for Arsenal this season.

The Gunners are currently 15th in the Premier League table, just six points ahead of the bottom three.

Arsenal also face a 10-point gap between them and the top four.

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