Arsenal asked the Premier League to face the north London derby with Tottenham on Sunday due to coronavirus cases and injuries… with rival Levid on late request
- Arsenal have applied to postpone Sunday’s north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur
- Sportsmail has learned that Tottenham are angry at Arsenal’s late request
- The request came less than 48 hours before the scheduled derby date
- Arsenal met Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Thursday night
- A final decision is expected on whether or not the match will go ahead on Saturday
Arsenal have submitted a request to postpone Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.
Sportsmail He understands that Tottenham are angry at their arch-rival’s request, with news of Arsenal’s request coming less than 48 hours before the match. A decision is expected on whether the match will go ahead on Saturday or not.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side struggled with coronavirus cases, injuries and suspensions ahead of Sunday’s crucial derby, which could be pivotal in the race for the top four this season.
Arsenal apply to postpone Sunday’s North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs are said to be angry at Arsenal’s late request – less than 48 hours before the match
“We have taken this step reluctantly but we have several players currently unavailable in our squad as a result of injuries, injuries and players abroad for the Africa Cup of Nations,” a statement from Arsenal said on Friday evening.
Before Arsenal played the Carabao Cup semi-final with Liverpool on Thursday night, midfielder Martin Odegaard was the only known player to have missed due to Covid this week.
But Arsenal lost Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny in the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this month, while Emile Smith Rowe, Syed Kolasinac and Takehiro Tomiasu have been struggling with injuries in recent weeks.
In Thursday’s game against Liverpool, Bukayo Saka and Cedric Soares came off injured while Granit Xhaka received a red card for being ruled out of Sunday’s derby. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Vollarin Balogun have also left the club on loan in the past seven days.
Mikel Arteta (second on the right) Arsenal faced Liverpool away in the cup on Thursday evening
That means, given the team news on Thursday night, the Gunners only have 12 players off the field with the first-team experience necessary for Sunday’s game, which is fewer than the 13 players needed to be able to advance in the new Premier League sub-game. Covid-19 guidelines.
However, Mikel Arteta revealed earlier on Friday that Arsenal “intend to play” the derby on Sunday – despite an expanded squad.
Tottenham themselves have struggled with injuries, and Son Heung-min and Eric Dier were among a host of injury concerns for Antonio Conte’s squad.
More to track.