Premier League agree to postpone North London derby

Charlie Patino

Arsenal's English midfielder Charlie Patino (second right) celebrates with teammates after scoring their fifth goal on his debut during their English League Cup quarter-final match against Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 21, 2021. Arsenal won the game 5-1.

Photo credit: Glyn Kirk | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Mikel Arteta's side made the request on Friday after losing a host of players to Covid-19, injury, suspension and the African Cup of Nations
  • Martin Odegaard missed Thursday's League Cup semi-final first-leg draw at Liverpool due to Covid while Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu had been ruled out through injury
  • As if that wasn't enough, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations

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