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North London Derby Called Off After Arsenal Request

by Zablon Ondari
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The English Premier League clash between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur has been postponed due to a high number of Covid-19 infections and injury woes among Arsenal’s players.

In a statement, the Premier League said that they accepted Arsenal’s request to call off the game.

“With Arsenal having fewer than the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), the Board accepted the club’s application (for a postponement),” said the Premier League.

The North London derby which was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, 16th January is the 21st Premier League game to be postponed since 12th December due to Covid-19 cases and injuries among players.

Following Thursday’s Carabao Cup goalless draw against Liverpool, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted that the Spurs clash was at risk due to player unavailability.

Bukayo Saka, Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers sustained injuries during Liverpool’s clash at Anfield while the Norweigian midfielder Martin Odegaard was ruled out before the game by a positive Covid test.

Other Arsenal players Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are on international duty in Africa.

Arsenal are fifth on the log with 35 points after 20 matches, two points above sixth-placed rivals Tottenham, who have two games in hand.

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