Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are “still very uncertain” for Sunday’s game with Chelsea.
The duo missed last week’s opening-day defeat to Brentford due to reported illness, but the Gunners later confirmed that both strikers had tested positive for COVID-19.
Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s game, Arteta said: “It’s still very uncertain. I cannot give any answers today. I don’t know if they can train in a few hours and if they are going to be able to compete at the weekend. I don’t know.
“They’ve had some tough days, [Alexandre] Lacazette still hasn’t trained as he’s not been good. [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang trained yesterday but they were effected by the virus – they were ill.”
Arteta also refused to comment on claims that the players contracted the virus during a party for Aubameyang’s son, adding: “I don’t know where it came from – we can only guess where it came from – a week before they had three or four negatives and then a positive, we have no clue where it came from.”
The Spaniard has also admitted that he was “surprised” at the Premier League’s decision to give the Brentford game the go-ahead following the positive tests.
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