Alasdair Gold on what Spurs players have been told about Arsenal game

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The Premier League are set to shortly confirm that tomorrow’s fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal has been postponed, according to Alasdair Gold.

The North London rivals were due to meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tomorrow afternoon in a match which could have seen Antonio Conte’s side leapfrog their rivals in the table.

Arsenal confirmed yesterday evening that they had submitted an application to the Premier League for the match to be called off due to the unavailability of a large number of players due to Covid, injuries, suspension and international duty.

Premier League rules state that a club must play a game if they have 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper available.

The Gunners are without Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, who are on international duty in Africa while Cedric Soares, Bukayo Saka and Calum Chambers are all said to have picked up injury issues which make them doubtful and definitely ruled out is Martin Ødegaard, the sole Covid case within their squad (The Guardian).

SpursWeb Opinion

This is a poor decision from the Premier League to postpone the match especially considering their Under-23 side were in action last night.

If Arsenal genuinely still have just one Covid case, what’s their argument for a postponement? The lines are becoming blurred on what warrants postponement because otherwise lobbying to have games called off when key players are injured/suspended is just going to become a semi-regular part of the weekend.

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