Arsenal vs. Tottenham: Spurs’ statement made the Premier League agree to postpone the North London Derby

The North London Derby will not take place on Sunday after Arsenal requested the match be postponed due to COVID’s absence, injury and international obligations to players at the Africa Cup of Nations. Arsenal announced Saturday that the Premier League had accepted their request to postpone the match. While Arsenal played Liverpool in the EFL Cup on Thursday, draw a match with ten men, they lost Granit Xhaka to a red card along with Bukayo Saka and Cedric Soares to injury during the match.

These defeats would bring them down to 11 high-profile Premier League players, far below the Premier League’s 13 threshold that needs to be postponed. The derby is shaping up to be a battle of a team without a midfield against a team without a defence, as Tottenham are without Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Son Heung-Min and others.

Sergio Reguilon has also had to nurse tackles that have caused him to miss the past couple of games. While Arsenal have only one confirmed COVID case with Martin Odegaard, it is important to note that the league’s requirements take into account a combination of infection and injury, similar to Leicester City’s postponement of the match. against Everton.

Arsenal recently loaned Roma Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Florian Balogun to Middlesbrough but neither player has played much for the first team, when the opportunity presented itself to secure a minute Arsenal must act. Players cannot be held back without a chance to be used when they are clearly out of favor with the head coach even if they are sent packing in the middle of an international tournament.

Tottenham released a statement In light of this delay, protested against the federation’s decision and said, “We ourselves have been disqualified from the European Conference League following a number of significant COVID cases which meant we needed to reschedule the competition. and Leicester’s application to reschedule was not approved – only because it was later adjourned when Leicester applied.”

They have a fair view that trying to reschedule a match in Europe should have precedent for postponing but for Tottenham it has not been accepted until Leicester City have had enough COVID cases to drops below the threshold of the number of players available. The statement further outlines the guidance’s intent to reduce risks during a mass COVID outbreak pointing to the lack of clarity the Premier League has created around whether a match should be postponed. Arsenal had the flip of that coin just ten days before the first leg of the EFL Cup final against Liverpool was postponed due to Liverpool’s request.

Tournament guide included One point is enough to postpone a match, Where a club is unable to field 13 players and one goalkeeper for a match due to COVID-19 infection, injury, illness and/or injured persons. create. This is the bottom line as it has now resulted in two games being postponed due to injury, part of the game and one of Arsenal’s absences being attributed to Granit Xhaka’s bad decisions which should not be taken into account. .

Not sure what the federation can do as they have contaminated the integrity of the postponements by allowing these but clearly something needs to be done since loopholes are created that shouldn’t exist. There is also an impact on traveling fans that in most cases have been thrown out as people travel long distances to these matches.

With this match postponed, Tottenham have two additional matches to make up for against Brighton and Burnley while Arsenal have three matches where they will face Chelsea, Liverpool and Wolves. Tottenham still take on Leicester City on Wednesday while Arsenal’s next game will be the second leg of the EFL Cup against Liverpool on Thursday. Next, they will play in the Premier League on Sunday the 23rd against Burnley. Arsenal vs. Tottenham: Spurs’ statement made the Premier League agree to postpone the North London Derby

James Brien

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