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Tottenham furious as Arsenal formally ask Premier League to postpone North London derby as clubs await decision on Saturday

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Tottenham furious as Arsenal formally ask Premier League to postpone North London derby as clubs await decision on Saturday

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Arsenal have demanded the postponement of Sunday’s North London derby against rivals Tottenham – who are outraged by the development.

The Gunners are running out of players due to a combination of COVID-19, injuries, suspensions and Africa Cup of Nations calls, with 12 first-team players potentially unavailable.

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Arteta cast doubts on the continuation of the North London derby

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The Premier League board have confirmed they will discuss the request at a meeting on Saturday before announcing a decision on the game.

An Arsenal statement read: “We took this step reluctantly, but we have many players currently unavailable in our squad due to COVID, injuries and players absent with their country at CAN.”

Tottenham, however, are pushing for the game to go ahead as planned, according to talkSPORT.

Spurs are furious that Arsenal want the game canceled despite the majority of their absentees not being COVID-related.

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Xhaka is absent due to his red card in the Carabao Cup

Tottenham furious as Arsenal formally ask Premier League to postpone North London derby as clubs await decision on Saturday

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Partey is with Ghana at CAN

The Gunners are particularly short in midfield, with Granit Xhaka’s red card against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night meaning he can’t play, while Martin Odegaard is out with coronavirus and Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are at CAN.

That leaves Arteta with only one senior midfielder available to Albert Sambi Lokonga, with 18-year-old academy star Charlie Patino a possible option.

Earlier on Friday Arteta said: “It went the other way around for us when we were ready to play a game and it got called off twice because the other team was having issues so it can go into both ways.

“But our intention is always to play.”

Tottenham also have their own injury issues and will be without Eric Dier for Sunday’s clash.

The England international has been crucial since Antonio Conte’s appointment and will be a big miss if the game continues as the defender came out with a minor injury.

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Dier will be absent for Spurs

“He has a small muscle problem and is not in good shape for the game against Arsenal,” the Italian manager said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“It’s a shame that we have to play these three games before the international break and then get these important players back.

“It’s important to get these important players back, it’s life for us, these players.”

A talkSPORT caller’s solution to Arsenal’s problems was to sign former Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is currently training with the club.

“He knows the club inside out, he knows the Arsenal way of playing,” said Aaron the Gooner, who urged his beloved club to sign the shock.

“He has trained with the first team every day for the past two months.

“We’re so short in the middle of the field. We’re going to Tottenham this weekend and who do we have? [Albert Sambi] Lokonga and [Charlie] Patina…”

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