The north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham scheduled for Sunday 16 January has been called off. It follows a request from Arsenal to postpone it amid Covid-19 cases, injuries and players unavailable due to international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Gunners made the request on Friday evening and the Premier League granted it just over 24 hours ahead of kick-off.

Arsenal played in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool as recently as Thursday and Tottenham were believed to be angered by the postponement request coming within 48 hours of the clash at the Emirates Stadium.

“With Arsenal having fewer than the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), the Board accepted the club’s application,” a league statement read.

“The decision is a result of a combination of COVID-19, existing and recent injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. All clubs are able to apply for a postponement if COVID-19 infections are a factor in their request.”

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