David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have all tested positive for Covid-19 following their game against Arsenal at the weekend while Jack Wilshere started an actual game of football.
Arsenal are said to be preparing for their upcoming matches as planned but you do have to wonder how long this can continue.
If you remember, it was Mikel Arteta testing positive that caused the entire league to shutdown and now, here we are with a host of players and managers testing positive yet we are carrying on.
No matter how much money we pay footballers, they have a reasonable expectation of safety at their workplace like anyone else.
Anyway, back to West Ham…
West Ham have confirmed that David Moyes, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have tested positive for covid-19.
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) September 22, 2020
Arsenal will continue preparations for upcoming matches as planned as all protocols were followed during Saturday’s game against West Ham. #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) September 22, 2020
Arsenal are meant to be playing Leicester on Wednesday night. The Athletic report, Arsenal “are confident that the bubble is still in place and they intend to carry on as normal.”
David Ornstein reports that Arsenal players eere all tested on Monday and all results came back negative.
Arsenal were among the Premier League clubs who underwent routine #COVID19 testing on Monday and despite coming into contact on Saturday with West Ham (who have since returned 3 positives), all #AFC results came back today as negative @TheAthleticUK #WHUFC https://t.co/mmiH8K7C8I
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 22, 2020
Tottenham’s game against Leyton Orient was called off because at least 10 of Orient’s players tested positive. That came just one week after the EFL said it was no longer mandatory for clubs to test everybody every week.
It’s almost like we don’t think footballers are humans.
West Ham’s game against Hull in the Carabao Cup went ahead with the agreement of both medical teams with Moyes and co. finding out their results when they were at the London Stadium preparing for the game.
They won 5-1 and Jack Wilshere not only started the game, he played the full 90 minutes.
Before Tuesday night’s game, Wilshere had played just 35 competitive minutes since 26 October, struggling through a groin injury, a hernia issue that needed surgery and, then, another ankle problem. He did make an appearance pre-season but that was all that was needed to break him again to ensure he missed the weekend’s game against his old side.