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

The north London derby at Spurs has been postponed due to insufficient players.

A host of players are missing due to injury, suspension and the Africa Cup of Nations, which is why the Gunners are set to take on Spurs this weekend.

The fixture will be decided on Saturday.

We can confirm that we have made an application to the league to delay the derby.
January 14, 2022.

The postponement request from the league was made by the club regarding their away match against Spurs on Sunday 16 January.

The application will be reviewed by the board tomorrow and the decision will be communicated to both clubs and their fans.

Sky Sports News understands that the Spurs hierarchy are angry at the thought of the game being postponed and believe there isn't currently a coronaviruses outbreak at the club.

The game was postponed for a second time this week due to injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu were both ruled out of the first-leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final due to injury.

Manager Mikel Arteta's squad was weakened by the early departure of Cedric Soares and the red card of Granit Xhaka.

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The first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals was between the two teams.

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

The 20th match in the league to be postponed is the one between the two teams.

On Friday, the match between the Clarets and the Foxes was postponed due to injuries and Covid cases.

It is the first time that the request has come from the Turf Moor club and it is the fourth time this season that the match has been postponed. Heavy snow forced the postponement of the Clarets fixture against Spurs.

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There are free to watch highlights from the game.

The statement said that the board accepted the application because the club doesn't have enough players available for the match due to cases and injuries.

Three matches were postponed last month due to Covid-19 cases.

The match against the Hornets is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, though it is now in doubt.

Sean Dyche missed last weekend's FA Cup loss to Championship side Huddersfield due to Covid-19, which resulted in the departure of Chris Wood from the club.

Tuchel is very angry if Covid rules are being abused.

Thomas Tuchel hopes the rules are the same for everyone.

"I hope that's not the case, otherwise I would be very angry," said Tuchel, when asked if he felt Covid rules were being abused.

We were made to play when we thought maybe we shouldn't. I hope the rules are the same for everyone.

There was a positive test for Covid-19 ahead of the trip to Manchester City for the lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League, with Andreas Christensen now isolating.

After returning a positive test, the defender is once again out of action. Both Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kante have very little training time under their belts, but they are in contention to be involved.

The trip to Manchester City will be without the services of Andreas Christensen.

"We have a positive Covid test, with Andreas Christensen," Tuchel said. He will not be in this game.

We waited so long for him to come back, and now he is out again, because he is playing so well. It's a bit of a blow for everyone.

"We have Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kante back, but it is Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kante with one training session."

It's like catching fish when you have players back.

The door was opened to twisted Covid rules.

Covid-19 has not been the main factor in recent postponements.

The lack of transparency for postponements and how the league is dealing with it was a strong point of contention for the manager.

You can't be surprised that someone is walking through now that the door has been opened. I can't say anything about the situation there because it's usually the reason why games are canceled.

You can't say anything about that because you have no view. The rest is speculation.

The league has to deal with this. This is the reason why I don't think players should be allowed to play in a canceled game when they haven't been there. It's hard to solve this problem at the moment.

Which games have been called off?

The game is on Sunday December 12.

The game is on Tuesday, December 14 at 8pm.

Wednesday December 15th is the date of the Burnley vsWatford game.

The game is on Thursday, December 16 at 7:30pm.

The Man Utd vs BRIGHTON game will be on December 18.

The game was re-arranged for Tuesday January 11.

Crystal Palace vs.Watford.

West Ham won the re-arranged game 2-0 on January 12.

Saturday December 18 is the date of the game between the two teams.

Sunday December 19 and Tuesday January 11 are the days when the game is played.

The game is on Sunday December 26.

The Wolves and Hornets are playing on Sunday December 26.

Sunday December 26 is the date of the game between the two teams.

The game is on Tuesday December 28.

The Wolves and theArsenal are playing on Tuesday December 28.

The game is on Thursday December 30.

Saturday January 1 is the date of the game betweenLeicester andNorwich.

The game is on Sunday January 2.

The game was originally scheduled for Sunday December 19th, but it was postponed to Tuesday January 11th.

The game is on Saturday January 15.

What are the rules for postponements?

Covid protocols were included in the Premier League handbook and the board will only allow the rearrangement or postponement of a league match in exceptional circumstances.

The board make calls on a case-by-case basis, and by way of guidance from the league, permission for a postponement will not be granted if a club has more than 14 players available.

A new guide explaining match postponement protocols was published after a number of games were postponed.

There are factors considered when deciding to delay a game.

The impact of COVID-19 infections on a club's squad, as well as injuries, illness and those isolating, and the number of players available on the squad list and any Under-21 players with appropriate experience are some of the things that are listed. The match will be postponed if a club can't field 13 outfield players or a goalkeeper from its squad list.

The number of individuals affected, the sequence and source of infections, and their proximity to the match in question are some of the things that can be found in the status of any COVID-19 outbreak within a club.

A club's ability to prepare its players for a match.

There is a question of whether the health and safety of players and staff is at risk if they play the match.

The UK Health Security Agency can give advice.

Any other exceptional circumstances.