Arsenal-Tottenham match in Premier League postponed

Arsenal's request to call off its north London derby match against Tottenham because of a lack of senior players available was granted by the Premier League on Saturday.

“We know how much this match means to our fans around the world,” Arsenal said of the decision to postpone Sunday's match which will cause some consternation among rival teams.

It was reached because Arsenal has fewer than the required number of players — 13 outfield and one goalkeeper — because of a combination of COVID-19 cases, injuries and players away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations.

Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli is picked up from the pitch by team mates as Arsenal's manager Mikel Arteta approaces at the end of the EFL Cup semifinal, first leg soccer match between Liverpool and Arsenal at the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, Thursday, Jan.13, 2022.(AP PhotoJon Super)

However, Arsenal has recently decided to let two players go out on loan and has one player out suspended in Granit Xhaka. In Arsenal's most recent update, there were not many coronavirus-related absences for this game.

It is the 21st Premier League game postponed since Dec. 12, mainly due to players having to isolate.

Burnley’s shortage of players due to coronavirus cases and injuries prompted the postponement of its match against Leicester this weekend.

PSG's goalkeeper Keylor Navas warms up before the French League One soccer match between FC Lorient and Paris Saint-Germain at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoJeremias Gonzalez)

Two weekend games in the Women's Super League have been postponed because of virus outbreaks.

The FA, which runs the WSL, announced Saturday the game between Arsenal and Reading on Sunday was called off after Reading requested postponement.

On Friday, the FA postponed the Chelsea-Everton match scheduled Sunday because of virus cases and injuries at Everton.


Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday morning and has started isolating, the French league leader said.

PSG said backup Lucas Lavallee was replacing Navas in the squad to face Brest later on Saturday.

Navas is the latest PSG player to test positive after forward Lionel Messi, winger Angel Di Maria, midfielder Nathan Bitumazala, defenders Layvin Kurzawa and Juan Bernat, and backup goalkeepers Sergio Rico and Denis Franchi.

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