Arsenal call for North London Derby to be postponed due to COVID-19 and injury absences

Arsenal have formally requested the Premier League to postpone Sunday’s North London derby at Tottenham due to an insufficient number of players to fill the game. The league will decide on Saturday whether the game will go ahead as planned or be postponed.

Tottenham are expected to host Arsenal to 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 match as they have an insufficient number of players in the squad. A host of players are missing for the Gunners due to coronavirus, injury, suspension and also because they are on duty with their country at the Africa Cup of Nations.

It is understood that the Tottenham hierarchy are angry at the idea of ​​postponing the game as they believe there is no credible evidence of a coronavirus outbreak at Arsenal. The Premier League had agreed earlier today Burnleyrequest to postpone their match against Leicester City for similar reasons.

The league will decide on Saturday whether the game will go ahead or be postponed at a meeting. The Premier League have released a statement confirming they have received a request from Arsenal to postpone the game on Sunday.

“The Premier League have received a request from Arsenal FC for a postponement of their away match against Tottenham Hotspur, which is due to be played at 4.30pm on Sunday January 16. The Premier League board will meet tomorrow to consider the request and inform both clubs and their fans of its decision,” the statement read.

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