Arsenal Women’s WSL game away at Aston Villa this weekend has been postponed as the Gunners have one positive test and at least four other players currently self-isolating. Joe Montemurro’s side were due to resume their season after a short winter break against Villa at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium on Saturday at 12.30pm.
Arsenal requested a postponement when one of their players returned a positive covid test and other players were forced to self-isolate. The Telegraph’s Tom Garry reported earlier this week that the player who returned a positive test had spent time in Dubai during the Christmas break, despite London being placed into Tier 4 covid restrictions (which forbids travel other than for work or emergency purposes) and that accords with my understanding too.
Gunners left-back Katie McCabe also spent time in Dubai during the winter break, though the club also concluded this trip was for business reasons. Katie is not the player who tested positive for covid. Arsenal have investigated the journeys and concluded they were for business reasons in line with government regulations.
Four Manchester City players also tested positive after a winter trip to Dubai, though Manchester was in Tier 3 at the time that they travelled, which allowed for international travel. Their game against West Ham this weekend has been postponed too.
The Villa match will be rearranged for a later date- for Aston Villa this creates a big fixture backlog, they have already had two WSL games postponed after a covid outbreak in their squad during the autumn and one of their games fell victim to the weather. Arsenal’s next scheduled game will take place on Sunday, 17th January away at Reading at the Madejski Stadium.