GARY NEVILLE believes Arsenal should play against Tottenham.
The Gunners have asked the Premier League to postpone the game with Mikel Arteta’s side likely to be short of up to 13 senior players.
But only one of those players is absent from Covid and for that Neville was adamant that Arsenal had to complete the schedule.
Speaking ahead of Brighton’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Sports sky, Neville said: “I believe all teams, not just in the Premier League but in the EFL, must be made to play their games.
“Balogun is on loan, Maitland-Niles on loan, Xhaka gets a red card – it’s no one else’s fault.
“If it’s purely Covid and special circumstances where there are 10-15 players but we’re talking about teams in the last few weeks where they’ve stopped the game based on whether they have the best team or not to win a game.
“It has to stop and it’s not a dig at Arsenal.
“I should have said three or four weeks ago. Manchester United, the other teams have 30-40 players in the squad – I don’t think they can’t have 13-14 players together.
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“It should be denied unless there is a flurry of Covid cases today at Arsenal. It has to stop now and we have to get the teams playing.”
Arsenal want the game to be postponed due to injuries to Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Sead Kolasinac, while Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney, Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares are also suspected.
Martin Odegaard missed Liverpool’s clash with Covid while Granit Xhaka was suspended after being sent off at Anfield.
But other teams have had matches postponed under similar circumstances.
Liverpool are allowed push back their Carabao Cup meeting with Arsenal – although it did happen later on Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only player who has tested positive for Covid before that fixed time.
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