Arsenal Football Club, which is suffering from an epidemic of the Corona virus in its ranks, in addition to the injuries and the departure of several of its African executives to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations, has called on the English Premier League to postpone the North London Derby against hosts Tottenham, according to what the ‘gunners’ said in a statement yesterday.
Arsenal said: “We have asked the Premier League to postpone the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday” contrary to “our wish”, amid many players missing from this important tie to qualify for the Champions League competition in stage 22 competitions, “whether it was due to Covid-19, injuries or participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.
After he was confirmed to be infected with Corona, Norwegian playmaker Martin Odegaard missed the final moments of his side Arsenal’s game against hosts Liverpool in the first leg of the European Cup semi-final. the League on Thursday (it ended in a goalless draw), which saw the injury of its Portuguese defender Cedric Soares and Bukayo Saka, to join Emil Smith.Ro and the Japanese Takehiro Tomiyasu were also injured.
The Gunners also suffer from the absence of Ghanaian Thomas Partey, Egyptian Mohamed Elneny, Ivorian Nicolas Pepe and Gaboby Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined their national teams for the final of the African Continental Championship which is currently taking place in Cameroon.
Responding to the possibility of the game being delayed earlier on Friday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “What is highly unlikely today could happen tomorrow. It has already happened in a sense when we were ready to play a game, it could happen the other way around. But our intention is to play.”
Arsenal are fifth with 35 points, two points ahead of Tottenham, who have two matches postponed.
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