Arsenal’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Liverpool has been postponed after the Reds successfully argued that they haven’t got enough players to fulfil the fixture.
Liverpool claimed that a Covid outbreak in the squad, which has affected players and staff and forced the closure of their training ground, coupled with existing injuries and the loss of three players to the African Cup of Nations had left them down to the bare bones.
The Gunners home leg, which was due to take place on Thursday, will now take place on 20 January (between Premier League games with Sp*rs and Burnley). The Anfield leg remains scheduled for Thursday 13 January but will now be the first game of the double-header.
A statement from the EFL reads: “Having now fully reviewed the circumstances involved, the League has accepted Liverpool’s request after determining, albeit reluctantly, that a postponement was the only option as the Club looks to mitigate against the further risk of infection amongst its squad and staff alongside ensuring public health was protected by not travelling from Liverpool to London.”
It was strange from the off that the EFL decided to push ahead with two-legged semi-finals given the ongoing Covid situation. Now the decision just looks foolish.
This is the second Arsenal game in the last two weeks that has been postponed due to issues in opponents’ camps. We’re still waiting for confirmation of when the Premier League game with Wolves will take place.
Through no fault of our own, we’re now facing a fixture logjam.