Gary Neville and Ian Wright found themselves embroiled in a row on Twitter after Arsenal requested a postponement of the north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
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Gary Neville and Ian Wright are engaged in a war of words over whether the Premier League should postpone the north London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Sunday’s match at Tottenham is at stake after Arsenal requested a postponement of the confrontation on Friday night, claiming that there were not enough players available to form a full squad.
Former Manchester United captain Neville criticized Arsenal’s request that night as it was mostly due to injuries and away players at the Africa Cup of Nations, but Sky Sports analyst was met with a backlash from former Arsenal striker Wright.
In response to Neville’s tweet, he reiterated his view that games should be forced to move forward “from now on” unless there is a major outbreak of Covid-19, Wright wrote: “From now on [with a laughing emoji]”
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“It’s not about Arsenal or the fans. It’s no longer about Super Sunday on Sky!”
Neville replied, “It’s not Ian [with a confused emoji]. ”
The player-turned-expert had previously tweeted: “I repeat that it is not about Arsenal but that all teams should be made from now on in the PL and EFL League.
“Why also was the decision delayed until today when the order was placed last night at 6.30pm? Fans from all over the place will be blasting and they will be forgotten!”
Speaking in depth on Friday evening after news of the request spread, Neville criticized Arsenal, telling Sky Sports: “[Folarin] Balogun went on loan, [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles was loaned, Xhaka got a red card – it’s not anyone else’s fault.
“We can’t cancel the matches. If it’s because of Covid and the unusual circumstances where there were 10 or 15 players out [it would be acceptable].
“But, now we’re talking about teams in the last few weeks where there is no doubt that they have been stopping matches whether they think they have the best team or the best team to win the match.”
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Earlier on Friday, manager Mikel Arteta claimed Arsenal’s intention was to play but admitted he was unsure if the grudge match, which could be crucial in the race to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League, would go ahead.
“I don’t know, it’s hard to say that in complete honesty without evaluating our players,” Arteta explained.
“What is very unlikely today, is likely to happen tomorrow. It went the other way for us when we were ready to play a match and it was called off twice because the other team had issues so it can go both ways. But our intention is always to play.”