Arsenal defenders Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga were ruled out for Tuesday’s League Cup quarterfinal at home to Sunderland after testing positive for COVID-19, the Premier League club said before kickoff.
Lokonga, Mari and Chambers all miss tonight’s game after testing positive for COVID
Maitland-Niles misses tonight with illness (not COVID)
Get well soon, lads ♥
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 21, 2021
Midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles was absent due to illness not related to COVID-19, the club added.
The Premier League said on Monday that a record 90 new cases of COVID-19 were detected among players and staff in the past week, as clubs decided to press ahead with the busy festive fixture list despite the escalating crisis.