Arsenal want to postpone the North London derby

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Arsenal have sent a request to the Premier League to have Sunday’s trip to Spurs postponed – to the great rage of their rivals in north London.

The Gunners would be without at least 12 players for the match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium due to Covid-19, suspensions and away players in the Africa Cup of Nations.

And the Premier League confirmed in a statement on Friday night that Arsenal want the match to be rescheduled.

The Premier League have received a request for a postponement from Arsenal FC regarding their away match against Tottenham Hotspur, which will be played at 16.30 on Sunday 16 January. The Premier League board will meet tomorrow [Saturday] to review the application and inform both clubs and their fans of their decision “, it was stated in a statement.

In its own statement, Arsenal said: “We have reluctantly taken this step but we have many players who are currently unavailable in our entire squad due to Covid, injuries and players away with their countries at AFCON.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed earlier on Friday that he did not know if the match would continue, but it was Gunnar’s intention to fulfill the match.

“I do not know, it is difficult to say with total honesty without judging our players, but what is very unlikely today will probably happen tomorrow,” he said.

“It has gone the other way for us when we were ready to play a match and it was canceled twice because the other team had problems so it can go both ways. But our intention is always to play.”

Premier League rules state that a match must be met if 13 outfielders and at least one goalkeeper are available for selection.

As first revealed by the Daily Mail, Tottenham are furious that the request has come from Arsenal with less than 48 hours left to kick off.

Jonathan Veal of PA Sport reports that Spurs are also surprised by the appeal as both clubs have the same number of Covid-19 cases.

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