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Premier League reach decision about Tottenham vs Arsenal amid injury controversy

Premier League reach decision about Tottenham vs Arsenal amid injury controversy

Arsenal request postponement upon squad shortage

Arsenal have become the latest side to request a Premier League game being postponed, with the Gunners seemingly unable to field a side.

This, they reveal, is due to “a result of Covid, injuries and players away with their countries at AFCON.”

A full statement read:

“We can confirm we have made an application to the Premier League for the postponement of Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

We have reluctantly taken this step but we have many players currently unavailable across our squad as a result of Covid, injuries and players away with their countries at AFCON.

We will provide more information as soon as it’s available.”

And though the Gunners could name 14 senior outfield players during their 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Thursday. Cedric was forced off early in proceedings with injury, before Granit Xhaka was sent off, leaving them with 12 senior players.

To make matters worse, reports suggest that all of Calum Chambers, Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney also picked up knocks, which negates any potential return of Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The Gunners trained at the Emirates Stadium ahead of the tie, as opposed to London Colney, although it is not clear as to whether the training ground has been closed or if it is out of choice.

The major sticking point, however, is at what point the Premier League decide that they cannot postpone the games due to COVID-19 cases, with currently only Martin Odegaard having tested positive for the Gunners.

However, so far this season, the Premier League have made a rod for their own back in their decisions to postpone games on “COVID and injury” concerns, which Arsenal are hoping will stretch to cover them.

And now, a decision has been made.

Premier League reach decision

And now, much to the dismay of many, the Premier League have indeed confirmed the decision to call off the fixture in the last minutes.

This leaves Tottenham with a potentially very congested fixture list, being set to fall four games behind other clubs in the league.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Watford FC 20 -17 14
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6