English Pro Football (EPL) Arsenal have requested the Premier League Secretariat to postpone the match against Tottenham Hotspur, scheduled for the 17th (Korean time).
The BBC reported on the 15th that “Arsenal has requested the league to postpone the Tottenham match on the 17th, saying that there is a shortage of available players due to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), injuries and the African Cup of Nations.”
The Premier League will decide on the 15th whether to accept Arsenal’s request.
The match between Arsenal and Son’s team Tottenham will be held at 1:30 am KST on the 17th at Tottenham’s home game.
20 matches in the Premier League this season were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The match between Leicester City and Burnley, originally scheduled for the 15th, has been postponed.
According to Premier League rules, a team must have at least one goalkeeper and 13 players excluding the goalkeeper position to play.
Arsenal’s four players were called up for their national team in the Africa Cup of Nations, and one was banned from playing against Tottenham after receiving a red card during the League Cup semi-final the day before.
In addition, there were 4 injured players, so there are only 12 players excluding the goalkeeper position.
However, it is unclear whether the match will actually be postponed.
ESPN of the United States pointed out, “In the case of Arsenal, there is only one player who cannot play due to Corona 19.” .
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of last year, said, “Around 10 players are missing, but we will prepare for the match. He said that he would keep in mind the possibility that the project would proceed as planned.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, who missed the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea on the 13th due to muscle pain in his leg, is not sure if he will play even if the match against Arsenal goes as scheduled today.
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