Further to his absence from the Chelsea game because he had come into close contact with somebody who tested positive for Covid-19, Gabriel has himself tested positive for the virus.
The club released the news this evening, saying the Brazilian, ‘has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating according to UK Government and Premier League protocols.
‘We will continue to monitor and support Gabriel, and we are hoping he will be available again after our next two matches.’
He becomes the third Arsenal player to contract Covid-19, after Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac contracted it while on international duty in November.
Both David Luiz and Willian, who also missed the 3-1 win over Frank Lampard’s side due to feeling unwell, will be absent for the trip to Brighton but hope to return to training on Thursday.
Beyond that, there are no new injury issues. Thomas Partey continues his rehabilitation, and is expected to be available again soon.
Reiss Nelson, not in the squad for the last few games, does not have any injury, leading to speculation he could be set for a January loan move.