Arsenal’s squad for the game against Chelsea was announced and there was much consternation when Gabriel was not included but it turns out he is in self-isolation, not that we need to worry, running out 3-1 winners.

Arsenal's Brazilian defender Gabriel (L) reacts as he realises he is about to receive a red card from Referee Paul Tierney for his foul on Southampton's English midfielder Theo Walcott(R) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 16, 2020. (Photo by PETER CZIBORRA / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel (L) reacts as he realises he is about to receive a red card from Referee Paul Tierney for his foul on Southampton’s English midfielder Theo Walcott(R) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 16, 2020. (Photo by PETER CZIBORRA / POOL / AFP)

Naming Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe in the starting lineup for Arsenal’s showdown with Chelsea on Boxing Day, there was no sign of Gabriel, David Luiz or Willian.

Nobody cared much about the latter two but Gabriel has been one of Arsenal’s best performers this season.

So where is he?

Turns out he’s in self-isolation:

In what is another cruel blow, Gabriel will now miss the next three matches.

David Luiz and Willian both felt unwell and are also isolating but have tested negative.

https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/1342876201703141376

Arsenal squad vs Chelsea:

Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Lacazette

Subs: Runarsson, Cedric, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Willock, Pepe, Nketiah

Reiss Nelson has also been left out again.

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