Arsenal’s north London derby at Tottenham on Sunday has been postponed as a result of the Gunners would not have sufficient accessible gamers to subject a facet.
“The choice is a results of a mixture of Covid-19, present and up to date accidents and gamers on worldwide responsibility on the Africa Cup of Nations,” stated the Premier League.
It’s the twenty first top-flight sport to be postponed this season due to Covid.
Premier League guidelines say a membership should play a sport if they’ve 13 outfield gamers and one goalkeeper accessible.
Arsenal have Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe on Cup of Nations responsibility, whereas Cedric Soares, Bukayo Saka and Calum Chambers all picked up accidents of their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg draw in opposition to Liverpool on Thursday.
Granit Xhaka can be suspended after he was despatched off within the first half at Anfield and Martin Odegaard missed the sport by sickness.
The Gunners stated they “reluctantly” requested a postponement and have been “upset” that the sport needed to be known as off.
It’s the second Premier League sport scheduled for this weekend to be postponed after Burnley’s sport in opposition to Leicester Metropolis was known as off on Friday due to due to Covid-19 and accidents within the Clarets camp.
The Premier League stated: “All golf equipment are in a position to apply for a postponement if Covid-19 infections are an element of their request.
“Postponement guidelines are designed to guard the wellbeing of gamers and employees, whereas sustaining the sporting integrity of the competitors”.
“Membership requests are assessed on a case-by-case foundation, primarily based on present guidelines and tailored Covid-19 postponement steering, applied in mild of the Omicron variant,” added its assertion.
“The board examines quite a few elements, together with the flexibility of a membership to subject a staff; the standing, severity and potential affect of Covid-19, and the flexibility of the gamers to soundly put together for and play the match.
“The element inside all purposes is scrutinised by the league’s specialist employees earlier than the board makes its resolution.”