North London derby postponed as Premier League accepts Arsenal request

North London derby postponed as Premier League accepts Arsenal request
Tottenham are understood to be unhappy with the decision after Arsenal submitted a request on Friday over an accumulation of injuries, Covid cases and players on international duty

The north London derby match between Tottenham and Arsenal on Sunday has been postponed after the Premier League accepted a request from the depleted Gunners, with Spurs understood to be extremely unhappy with the situation.

The league issued a statement confirming the news on Saturday afternoon, after Arsenal had submitted a request on Friday with a host of players missing due to coronavirus, injury, suspension and some on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

“Following a request from Arsenal FC, the Premier League Board met today and regrettably agreed to postpone the club’s away fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played at 4:30pm on Sunday 16 January,” the statement read.

“With Arsenal having fewer than the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), the Board accepted the club’s application. The decision is a result of a combination of COVID-19, existing and recent injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. All clubs are able to apply for a postponement if COVID-19 infections are a factor in their request.”

Tottenham are set to release their own statement on the decision are unhappy with the decision, which appears to be influenced predominantly by Arsenal’s injury problems rather than cases of Covid-19.

The Gunners also loaned out two players over the past week, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles heading to Roma and Folarin Balogun sent to Middlesbrough.

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