Arsenal’s conflict with north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday has been postponed after the Premier League accepted the depleted Gunners’ request to cancel the fixture. Mikel Arteta’s facet made the request on Friday after dropping a number of gamers to Covid-19, harm, suspension and the African Cup of Nations. Martin Odegaard missed Thursday’s League Cup semi-final first-leg draw at Liverpool attributable to Covid whereas Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu had been dominated out via harm. Cedric Soares was pressured off early at Anfield, with Bukayo Saka additionally taking a knock as Granit Xhaka’s first-half pink card additional depleted Arteta’s ranks.
As if that wasn’t sufficient, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all away on the Africa Cup of Nations.
Tottenham have been stated to be shocked at Arsenal’s request as a result of they believed the golf equipment had the identical variety of coronavirus instances.
But on Saturday the Premier League confirmed that the season’s second assembly of the bitter rivals can be rearranged.
“Following a request from Arsenal, the Premier League Board met today and regrettably agreed to postpone the club’s away fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played at 16:30 GMT on Sunday 16 January,” a Premier League assertion stated.
With Arsenal having fewer than the required variety of gamers out there for the match (13 outfield gamers and one goalkeeper), the Board accepted the membership’s utility.
The resolution is a results of a mixture of COVID-19, current and up to date accidents and gamers on worldwide obligation on the Africa Cup of Nations. All golf equipment are capable of apply for a postponement if COVID-19 infections are an element of their request.”
An Arsenal statement added: “We are upset to announce that Sunday’s north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur has been postponed.
“We know how much this match means to our fans around the world, but the Premier League has made the decision to postpone the match, due to many players across our squad currently being unavailable as a result of Covid-19, existing and recent injuries, in addition to players away with their countries at AFCON.”
Burnley’s Premier League match in opposition to Leicester on Saturday was postponed after the Clarets have been left with an inadequate variety of gamers to fulfil the fixture.
There have now been a complete of 21 top-flight matches postponed due a minimum of partially to the virus since December.
“The League apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters who would have attended or watched the game – we are fully aware that postponements disappoint clubs and fans,” the Premier League assertion added.
“The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk.
“The Premier League’s postponement guidelines are designed to guard the wellbeing of gamers and workers, whereas sustaining the sporting integrity of the competitors.”
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