Tottenham vs Arsenal: Gunners request postponement of north London derby due to Covid and player absences | Football News

Arsenal have asked to postpone Sunday’s north London derby at Tottenham due to not having enough players to complete the match.

Arsenal are set to make the short trip to face neighbors Tottenham this weekend, but they have a handful of players missing due to coronavirus, injury, suspension and the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Premier League will decide on Saturday whether the match will take place.

A statement from the league said: “The Premier League has received a postponement request from Arsenal Football Club regarding their away match against Tottenham Hotspur, scheduled for 4.30pm on Sunday 16 January.

He added, “The Premier League’s board of directors will meet tomorrow to review the request and inform the two clubs and their fans of its decision.”

Sky Sports News He understands that the Spurs hierarchy is angry at the idea of ​​postponing the match and believes that there is currently no coronavirus outbreak at Arsenal.

However, earlier this week, Leicester’s match at Everton was postponed for a second time with the Premier League announcing it had accepted the Foxes’ request due to COVID-19 cases, injuries and players on international assignment at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Gunners midfielder Martin Odegaard missed Thursday’s goalless Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool due to COVID-19, while Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu were ruled out due to injury.

Cedric Soares was forced to leave early at Anfield with Bukayo Saka also being battered as Granit Xhaka’s red card in the first half left Mikel Arteta’s side exhausted.

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Highlights from the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Arsenal

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Burnley vs Leicester match postponed

Earlier on Friday, Burnley’s Premier League match against Leicester on Saturday was postponed due to Covid cases and injuries in the Clarets squad.

This is Burnley’s fourth game to be postponed this season due to Covid-19 but the first time the request has come from Turf Moor club. Clarett, who is threatened with relegation, also played another match against Tottenham, which was postponed at short notice due to heavy snow.

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And a league statement said: “The English Premier League board accepted Burnley’s request because the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 players outside the field and one goalkeeper), due to cases of coronavirus infection and injuries.”

Burnley had three straight games – against Watford, Aston Villa and Everton – postponed last month due to Covid-19 cases within the opposition camps.

The re-arranged match against Watford is set to take place on Tuesday, although now is in doubt.

Burnley were without seven players due to Covid-19 during last weekend’s 2-1 FA Cup loss to Huddersfield, a match that manager Sean Daichi also missed, and since then Chris Wood has joined Newcastle.

Tuchel ‘very angry’ if Covid rules are abused

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel shouts during the Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022 (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Thomas Tuchel strongly hopes that the rules will be the same for everyone

Asked if he felt abusing the Covid rules, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said on Friday: “I very much hope that’s not the case, otherwise I would be very angry.

“We do our best to make matches happen and we were playing when we thought we shouldn’t. So, I can only very much hope that the rules are the same for everyone.”

Chelsea reported one positive test for Covid-19 prior to the trip to Manchester City at 12:30pm on Saturday in the Premier League, with Andreas Christensen now in isolation.

The Danish defender had recently returned from injury due to an injury, but was sidelined again after he came back with a positive test. However, Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante are in contention to participate, albeit with a little training time under their belts.

File photo on 01-08-2022 by Andreas Christensen, Chelsea player.  Chelsea will miss Andreas Christensen on Saturday's Premier League trip to Manchester City due to the Covid-19 isolation.  Release date: Friday, January 14, 2022.
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Chelsea will miss Andreas Christensen on the trip to Manchester City due to Covid-19 isolation

“We have one positive test for Covid with Andreas Christensen,” Tuchel said. “So he will come out for this match.

“For the news that Andreas Christensen is out again after we’ve waited so long for him, and now he’s playing really, really hard, and again out. It’s a setback for everyone, for us mentally.

“Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante are back, but Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante are in one training session.

“I finally got my players back, and it’s like fishing.”

Hasenhuttl: PL ‘opening the door’ to devious Covid rules

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Ralph Hessenhuttl says Covid-19 was not the deciding factor in recent postponements

In his press conference on Friday, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was vocal about the lack of transparency over postponements and how the Premier League handled them.

“They opened the door, and you can’t be surprised that someone is passing by now. I can’t say anything about the Covid situation there because that’s usually the reason why the Games are canceled.

“You have no opinion, no transparency, and you can’t say anything about it. The rest is just speculation.

“The Premier League has to deal with this. That’s why I say that new players / signings should not be allowed to play in canceled matches when they weren’t there before this match is due. This is a problem they have and it is difficult to solve at the moment.”

What English Premier League matches have been cancelled?

Brighton vs Tottenham – Sunday December 12

Brentford vs Man United Tuesday 14th December (Now Jan 19, 8 p.m.)

Burnley Watford match – Wednesday 15th December (Now Jan 18, 7.30 p.m.)

Leicester vs Tottenham Thursday, December 16th (Now Jan 19, 7.30 p.m.)

Manchester United vs Brighton Saturday 18th December

Southampton – Brentford Saturday, December 18; Southampton won the rematch 4-1 on Tuesday 11 January

Watford vs Crystal Palace Saturday 18th December

West Ham vs Norwich Saturday 18th December; West Ham won the rematch 2-0 on Wednesday 12 January

Aston Villa vs Burnley Saturday 18th December

Everton vs Leicester Sunday 19 December and Tuesday 11 January

Liverpool vs Leeds – Sunday 26 December

Wolverhampton vs Watford Sunday 26 December

Burnley vs Everton match Sunday 26 December

Leeds vs Aston Villa Tuesday 28th December

Arsenal vs wolves Tuesday 28th December

Everton x Newcastle Thursday, December 30th

Leicester vs Norwich – Saturday January 1

Southampton – Newcastle – Sunday 2 January

Everton vs Leicester – Tuesday, January 11th (As above, this game has already been pushed back from its original date of Sunday, December 19th)

Burnley vs Leicester Saturday January 15th

What are the Premier League rules about postponements?

The 2021/22 Premier League handbook included the Covid protocols and stated that the Premier League’s board of directors would “only allow a re-arrangement or postponement of a league match in exceptional circumstances”.

The board is making calls on a case-by-case basis and by directing the Premier League says permission to defer will not be granted if the club has 14 or more players from the squad list available.

However, after a number of matches were postponed in the weeks leading up to Christmas, a new Premier League guide has been published explaining protocols for postponing matches.

There, these factors are taken into account when deciding to postpone a Premier League match:

1) The impact of COVID-19 injuries on the club’s team, as well as injuries, illness and isolation, the number of players available on the team’s roster and any under-21 players with appropriate experience. When the club is unable to bring in 13 off-field players and a goalkeeper either from the team’s roster or its appropriately experienced under-21 players, the match will be postponed.

2) The status of any outbreak of COVID-19 within the club, including the number of individuals affected, the sequence and source of infection and their proximity to the match in question.

3) The club’s ability to prepare its players safely in the lead-up to the match.

4) Medical advice on whether there are any unacceptable risks to the health and safety of players and staff by playing the match.

5) Any advice from the UK’s Health Security Agency and other public bodies.

6) Any other exceptional circumstances.

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