Arsenal beat West Ham United in the second round of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign by 2-1 on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, while Michail Antonio netted what ended up as mere consolation for the Hammers in an exciting contest.
West Ham have confirmed that manager David Moyes, defender Issa Diop and midfielder Josh Cullen tested positive for Covid-19 after the match. However, as revealed by The Athletic‘s David Ornstein, Arsenal continued their routine testing on Monday and received all the results on Tuesday as negative.
The Hammers played Hull City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening and won by 5-1, and though it may seem strange that the game was cleared to go ahead, an EFL statement has provided an explanation.
“Guidance permitted the match to go ahead as planned but not before the two clubs medical teams, in conjunction with the EFL’s medical advisors, agreed all relevant protocols had been followed and both teams were comfortable in continuing.”
West Ham play Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday and that match is likely to go ahead as well, despite the three men having to self-isolate for 10 days, unless new cases appear in the team at their next testing. The rules state that a match can be postponed only if a manager and more than two of his test positive.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was among the first names in the Premier League to test positive to the virus, just ahead of the long break caused by the pandemic in early spring this year. It is certainly a good piece of news that none of his players returned positive tests this time, with several first-team names already absent through various injuries.
The Carabao Cup match against Leicester City tonight will likely be difficult as it is. The Gunners can be backed at backed at 6/4 to win.