Arsenal have applied to the Premier League to have Sunday’s North London derby postponed.
In a statement on the official website, they say:
We can confirm we have made an application to the Premier League for the postponement of Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.
We have reluctantly taken this step but we have many players currently unavailable across our squad as a result of Covid, injuries and players away with their countries at AFCON.
We will provide more information as soon as it’s available.
The Gunners are without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny who are on AFCON duty, while this week Martin Odegaard tested positive for Covid.
Cedric picked up an injury during the 0-0 draw with Liverpool, while there are ongoing fitness concerns around Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
After the game at Anfield, manager Mikel Arteta revealed there were likely to be more fitness issues, saying, “We had concerns already before the match against Liverpool, and after the game we had some more issues.”
The decision to apply for the postponement comes after the squad was assessed at London Colney this afternoon.
The Premier League say, “The Premier League Board will meet tomorrow to review the application and inform both clubs and their fans of its decision.”