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Arsenal the latest club hit by Covid cases ahead of West Ham clash as another Premier League game is called off
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Arsenal the latest club hit by Covid cases ahead of West Ham clash as another Premier League game is called off

Arsenal are the latest club hit by Covid cases ahead of West Ham clash as another Premier League game is called off.

West Ham head to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Wednesday night as the race for the top four intensifies.

But West Ham have been put on red alert after a report from The Mirror overnight claimed Arsenal have become the latest club to be hit by a spate of Covid cases ahead of the match.

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It comes in the wake of Tottenham’s game against Brighton being called off at the weekend due to an outbreak at Spurs.

And last night Manchester United’s trip to Brentford was the latest Premier League game called off for the same reason.

There is no suggestion as yet that West Ham’s game against Arsenal is in jeopardy.

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Arsenal the latest club hit by Covid cases ahead of West Ham clash as another Premier League game is called off

According to The Mirror Arsenal have reintroduced a number of protocols to combat the spread of Covid-19 after a small number of training ground staff tested positive for the virus.

At the time of writing on Tuesday morning West Ham’s clash with the Gunners is very much still on.

But the likes of Leicester, Aston Villa and Norwich have also been affected and Arsenal have implemented a number of measures to tackle cases emerging at London Colney.

And it comes as 42 cases were confirmed in the latest round of Premier League testing, the highest since testing started in May 2020 (Sky Sports). A total of 3,805 tests were carried out.

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These include testing the Arsenal players in their cars before they are allowed to train in the build-up to face West Ham, a protocol previously employed during Project Restart in the 2019/20 season.

There is a rather ominous feeling surrounding Premier League matches at the moment reminiscent of the 2019/20 season.

Back then West Ham played Arsenal at the Emirates only to discover afterwards that Mikel Arteta was the first Prem boss to contract Covid. Having had close contact with both his and West Ham’s team as well as Hammers boss David Moyes, there were concerns following the match.

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West Ham were somehow beaten that day despite dominating the game. But in the end it would be the last time either club played for nearly four months as football was cancelled.

With vaccines widely available we can only hope there will not be another shutdown.

But West Ham and Arsenal fans will no doubt be keeping a close eye on the developing situation for tomorrow’s 8pm kick off.

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