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Mikel Arteta Reveals Extent of Arsenal's Covid-19 Outbreak After Aubameyang and Lacazette Missed Brentford Clash

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Aubameyang and Lacazette tested positive prior to Arsenal's game with Brentford
Aubameyang and Lacazette tested positive prior to Arsenal's game with Brentford / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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Mikel Arteta has revealed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were two of several Arsenal players who tested positive for coronavirus prior to their season opener against Brentford last weekend.

Willian and backup goalkeeper Alex Runarsson also returned positive tests, and Arteta admitted he expected the game to be postponed, but instead watched his side fall 2-0 to the newly-promoted side.

"Yes, I was surprised but the regulators decided the best thing to do was to play the game," Arteta said at his press conference ahead of Sunday's clash with Chelsea.

Of the four, Aubameyang has since returned a negative test result, and is in contention to face Chelsea on Sunday. The Gunners also have Gabriel Magalhaes, Eddie Nketiah, and Thomas Partey out injured, and the trio will miss the next few weeks.

Arteta confirmed most of the squad has received at least one Covid vaccine, but admitted not all have taken up the option.

"Most of them are double vaccinated," he said. "Others have had one vaccine. We are trying to encourage them to get vaccinated, but it's a personal matter. At the end it's a personal decision. It's not about protecting ourselves, it's about protecting the people around us as well."

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