Mikel Arteta says unvaccinated players will be ‘limited’ in what they can do

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is aware of the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak among his players because not every player has agreed to vaccinate themselves yet.

“Obviously, it will limit certain aspects if they don’t (get vaccinated), because we don’t want to expose ourselves to certain things,” the Gunners’ boss said.

Arteta feels that travelling will become the biggest hurdle moving forward with the league games. “For example, travelling. If they are not vaccinated and they travel or socialise in certain situations, obviously the risk increases a lot. We don’t want that exposure with any of our players. Because, in the end, the team and the club will pay the price.”

Swiss star Granit Xhaka is one of the Arsenal men to have refused the vaccine jab. He’s currently down with the virus he contracted during the international break. Xhaka will miss out on Arsenal’s next home clash against Norwich City.

England defender Ben White, who the Gunners just signed for a whopping £50million, had also tested positive for the virus. He hasn’t played since Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Brentford on August 13.

Arteta explained that the management has been explaining to the players why getting themselves vaccinated is important as the club feels “this is the right thing to do”.

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9 months ago

It is utterly absurd that fans will soon ahve to prove that they have been vaccinated to go and watch a game that theyve paid to attend, whereas players, who get paid to be there, will be able to play without being vaccinated.

Vaccination might be a risk – but not being vaccinated is a bigger one.

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