Arsenal have demanded that Sunday’s North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur be postponed.
Miklo Arteta’s men last played in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night against Liverpool, but they were severely affected by absences on their team.
Arsenal are expected to take a short run to face their Spurs neighbors, but due to Covid, injury, suspension and the African Cup of Nations, a number of players are missing.
Martin Odegaard missed Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final draw without a goal in Liverpool due to Covid, while Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu were ruled out due to injury.
Cedric Soares was sent off early at Anfield and Bukayo Saka also hit, as Granita Xhake’s red card in the first half further nullified the ranking of coach Mikel Arteta. And with Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hosting the African Cup of Nations, the Spurs clash could now be postponed.
“We can confirm that we have applied to the Premier League for the postponement of Sunday’s North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur,” Arsenal said in a statement.
“We were reluctant to take this step, but we have a lot of players who are not currently available on our team due to Covid, injuries and away players at Afcon.”
The Telegraph Sport understands it is considering plans to sign up for the Premier League to suspend the match, although Arteta has previously insisted it will prepare for the match after matches against the Wolves and Liverpool were postponed last month at the request of the opposition.
“I don’t know, it’s hard to say this with complete honesty without judging our players,” he said when asked if he would like the game to be suspended.
“What is very unlikely today is likely to happen tomorrow. It went the other way for us when we were ready to play the match and it was canceled twice because the other team was having trouble so it can go both ways. our goal is always to play. “
Saturday’s Burnley match against Leicester has already been postponed as Burnley does not have enough players to fill the match.