Arsenal have submitted a proper request to the Premier League asking to postpone their north London derby fixture in opposition to Tottenham on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta’s facet are affected by a number of absences as a result of a Covid outbreak, accidents and gamers being away on worldwide responsibility on the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Premier League confirmed the request had been lodged in an announcement launched on Friday night and mentioned they may take a remaining choice on Saturday.
“The Premier League has acquired a postponement request from Arsenal FC regarding their away match in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur, as a result of be performed at 4.30pm on Sunday 16 January,” it learn.
“The Premier League Board will meet tomorrow to overview the appliance and inform each golf equipment and their followers of its choice.”
The Gunners took a skinny squad to Anfield for his or her Carabao Cup semi-final on Thursday, with Martin Odegaard testing optimistic for Covid-19 earlier within the week, whereas Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu have been each dominated out as a result of harm.
To compound these issues, Cedric Soares suffered a hip harm inside the primary minute of play earlier than Bukayo Saka picked up a knock. Granit Xhaka isn’t obtainable for choice both after being despatched off within the first half.
Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all away on worldwide responsibility that means Arsenal might have lower than the 13 outfield gamers required of essential first-team expertise to fulfil a fixture that might show pivotal within the top-four race.
An announcement launched by Arsenal learn: “We have now reluctantly taken this step however we now have many gamers presently unavailable throughout our squad on account of Covid, accidents and gamers away with their nation at AFCON.”
Talking after the Liverpool recreation, Arteta mentioned: “I don’t know, it’s tough to say that with complete honesty with out assessing our gamers.
“What’s in the present day not possible, tomorrow is more likely to occur. It’s gone the opposite manner for us once we have been able to play a match and it was cancelled twice as a result of the opposite staff had points so it might probably go each methods. However our intention is at all times to play.”
Burnley’s fixture in opposition to Leicester on Saturday has already been postponed as a result of Sean Dyche’s facet having an inadequate variety of gamers to fulfil the fixture.
The Girls’s Tremendous League fixture between Chelsea and Everton has additionally been postponed.