Statement: Spurs v Arsenal postponed
Following a request from Arsenal, the Premier League board met today and unfortunately agreed to postpone the club’s away game against Tottenham Hotspur, which was due to be played at 4.30pm GMT on Sunday January 16.
With Arsenal having fewer than the required number of players available for the game (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), the board accepted the club’s bid.
The decision is the result of a combination of COVID-19, existing and recent injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. All clubs can request a deferral if COVID-19 infections are a factor in their request.
The League apologizes for any inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters who may have attended or watched the match – we are fully aware that the postponements are disappointing to clubs and supporters.
The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the League will endeavor to keep supporters informed if matches become risky.
The Premier League’s postponement rules are designed to protect the well-being of players and staff, while preserving the sporting integrity of the competition.
Club requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis, based on the existing rules and the adapted COVID-19 deferral guidelines, implemented in light of the Omicron variant.
The board looks at a number of factors, including a club’s ability to field a squad; the status, severity and potential impact of COVID-19; and the players’ ability to prepare and play the game safely.
The details of all applications are reviewed by specialist League staff before the Board makes its decision.
See: Guide to deferrals due to COVID-19