ARSENAL returned another positive Covid result…but only AFTER the North London derby was postponed.
The Gunners’ requirement to have Sunday’s clash with Tottenham postponed is accepted by the Premier League.
This decision was made because the Arsenal players were not present because of Covid, injury and had to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations.
But it has been confirmed that the Covid aspect of the delay is minimal as there are very few cases in Mikel Arteta’s team.
However, The Athletic Arsenal are now having another positive test just hours after the game ended.
This case was not considered when making the decision to postpone the competition.
In addition to the case of Covid in the squad, Arsenal have a number of players in the Africa Cup of Nations – Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Omar Rekik.
Granit Xhaka was also unavailable after receiving a red card against Liverpool on Thursday.
And Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Folarin Balogun have both been on loan recently.
A statement from the Premier League regarding the postponement of the North London derby read: “At the request of Arsenal FC, the Premier League Board of Directors met today and regretfully have agreed to postpone the club’s away game. against Tottenham Hotspur, due to the match kicking off at 4:30pm on Sunday, January 16.
“With Arsenal having less than the required number of players for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), the Board of Directors accepted the club’s application.
“This decision is the result of a combination of COVID-19, current and recent injuries and the players on international duty in the Cup of African Nations.
“All clubs can apply for a postponement if COVID-19 infection is a factor in their claim.”
Spurs then hit back with a declaration of war their own.
It read: “We are extremely surprised that this application has been approved.
“We ourselves were disqualified from the European Conference League following a significant number of COVID cases which meant we needed to reschedule and Leicester’s application to reschedule was not accepted. approved – only then was it adjourned when Leicester applied.
“The original intent of the guidance – here – was to address player availability directly impacted by COVID cases, resulting in depleted teams which, when combined with injuries, would lead to to the club’s inability to join a team.
“We don’t believe that’s the purpose of addressing player availability unrelated to COVID. We can now see the unintended consequences of this rule.
“It’s important to have clarity and consistency in the application of the rule. However, once again fans have found their plans unacceptably short-lived.
“Once again we will send food to local food banks to avoid unacceptable waste.
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“We sincerely apologize to our fans – some of them will have to go a long way.”
Arsenal’s next scheduled match comes in the Carabao Cup when they face Liverpool in the semi-final second leg on Thursday.
Meanwhile on the night of the same day, Spurs will march to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester in a rescheduled Premier League match.
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8212138/arsenal-positive-covid-tottenham-called-off/ Arsenal received another positive Covid test from player testing today…but only AFTER Tottenham’s match was postponed