Nicolas Pepe missed Arsenal’s match against Manchester City on Saturday with illness, but the club insist he’s not the latest Covid-19 case.
Ahead of Arsenal’s match against Manchester City, the club announced that Nicolas Pepe was unwell and would miss the game. With all the recent Covid-19 cases in the squad, many believed Pepe was the latest to contract the virus.
But according to Charles Watts and Simon Collings, Arsenal are insisting that Pepe’s illness is not Covid related. It’s simply another unfortunate setback for yet another Arsenal player in these early weeks of the Premier League season.
Arsenal lost Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson, and Willian to Covid-19 for the opening week of the season, and Ben White joined the list the following weekend.
That’s on top of injuries and knocks to Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli, Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, and Bukayo Saka, and a visa issue for Martin Odegaard. Hardly an ideal set of circumstances.
Players are slowly starting to return, one by one, and the international break should certainly help. With any luck, Pepe will be over his illness by the time Arsenal return on September 11th against Norwich City.