Arsenal have made a formal request to the Premier League to postpone Sunday’s North London derby at Tottenham because they do not have enough players to deliver the match. The league will make a decision on Saturday whether the game will go ahead as planned or postpone it.
Tottenham prepares to receive arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend as the two rivals engage in the fierce North London derby, but Arsenal have asked the league to postpone the fixture as they reportedly do not have a sufficient number of players in the squad. A large number of players are missing for the Gunners due to coronavirus, injuries, suspension and also because they are on duty with their nations in the African Cup of Nations.
The Tottenham hierarchy are understood to be angry at the idea of postponing the game because they believe there is no credible evidence of a coronavirus outbreak at Arsenal. The Premier League had accepted today Burnleyrequest to postpone his game against city of leicester for similar reasons.
The league will decide on Saturday whether the game goes ahead or is postponed while they meet in a meeting. The Premier League issued a statement confirming that it had received a request from Arsenal to postpone Sunday’s game.
“The Premier League has received a postponement request from Arsenal FC in relation to their away game against Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played at 4.30pm on Sunday 16th January. The Premier League Board will meet tomorrow. to review the application and inform both clubs and their fans of their decision,” the statement read.
🚨 We can confirm that we have submitted a request to the Premier League to postpone Sunday’s North London derby.#TOTARS
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 14, 2022