This Saturday’s game (15), which will include a clash between Tottenham and Arsenal for the 22nd round of the Premier League, has been officially postponed by the English league. The reason for this was a request from Arsenal, which claimed there were no 13 professional players for the game, as required by the new Premier League measure. The club highlighted several cases of covid and injuries that would prevent a proper lineup from coach Mikel Arteta.
At Arsenal’s request, the Premier League decided to postpone the match in a move that was criticized by many sides. The reason is that only one of the absent players is actually isolated by Covid. For some experts, Arsenal would benefit from a rule applied to the elite of English football so as not to harm the clubs.
In addition to criticism from some football experts, the UK press guarantees Tottenham would also be outraged by the situation, as they would have one more game postponed in the season. The club recently suffered some cases of COVID-19 and games in the Premier League and Conference League have also been postponed. In fact, in continental competition, the postponement produced an elimination by WO in a measure adopted by UEFA.
One of the main criticisms regarding the high number of postponements of games in the Premier League is the attempt by some teams to benefit from passing important games later, when they are able to select players in better physical condition. Will be
The matter was also discussed by Chelsea’s German coach Thomas Tuchel in the press conference. In preparation for the commitment against Manchester City, the coach even said he would be furious if he knew any club was benefiting from the new Premier League rules.
With the game between Tottenham and Arsenal confirmed to be postponed, the 22nd round of the Premier League reaches the second unplayable game. The other postponed match was between Burnley and Leicester. The 15th round of the Premier League was the last to be played in full due to the cases of Kovid-19 in the main English clubs. Since then, at least one game per round has been postponed.