Former Tottenham Hotspur owner Alan Sugar has questioned why Arsenal felt the need to request the Premier League to have the North London Derby called off but decided to play the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final just days later.
The Premier League accepted Arsenal’s request to have the North London derby postponed owing to unavailabilities due to Covid-19, injuries and international duty (Football.London).
The game was postponed despite the Gunners reportedly having just two positive cases among their first-team squad (The Athletic).
Some pundits were critical of the Premier League’s decision to postpone the game and accused Mikel Arteta’s side of taking advantage of the arbitrary rules (ESPN FC).
Just four days on from the derby being called off, Arsenal played Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, with the latter progressing to the final after a 2-0 win.
Arsenal’s decision to play against Jurgen Klopp’s men prompted Sugar to ask why they could not field a team against Spurs.
How comes Arsenal can play in a cup game against Liverpool and they were unable to play @SpursOfficial in the PL a few days ago.
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) January 20, 2022
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I do not think it is fair to lay the blame on Arsenal for the cancellation. They did what any other club would do by using the arbitrary rules to their advantage.
It is the Premier League that deserves all the criticism as they have not thought through the unintending consequences of their regulations on Covid cancellations.
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