Arsenal have submitted an official request to the Premier League to postpone Sunday’s north London derby in opposition to Tottenham.
The request comes amid a slew of absences for the Gunners due to accidents, Covid-19, the Africa Cup of Nations and a purple card to midfielder Granit Xhaka throughout Thursday’s Carabao Cup conflict with Liverpool.
The absences have left Arsenal’s squad extraordinarily skinny, with the membership now requesting a postponement of this weekend’s Premier League match due to an absence of obtainable gamers.
What was stated?
“We can verify now we have made an utility to the Premier League for the postponement of Sunday’s north London derby in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur,” Arsenal stated in an announcement.
“We have reluctantly taken this step however now we have many gamers at present unavailable throughout our squad on account of Covid, accidents and gamers away with their international locations at Afcon.
“We will present extra info as quickly because it’s accessible.”
Xhaka’s dismissal in opposition to Liverpool left the Gunners with few choices in midfield, with solely children Charlie Patino and Albert Sambi Lokonga at Mikel Arteta’s disposal.
Thomas Partey (Afcon), Mohamed Elneny (Afcon), Martin Odegaard (sickness) and Emile Smith Rowe (damage) are all absent as issues stand, with Xhaka set for a three-game ban for his foul on Diogo Jota.