Status of every Arsenal player as North London Derby could be postponed

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This weekend's North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal is in doubt after the away side submitted a formal request to the Premier League to have the game postponed.

The Gunners have injuries, suspension and a single Covid case in Martin Odegaard to deal with, which could leave them short of numbers for the match on Sunday afternoon.

The Premier League have confirmed that they will now consider the request before coming to a decision on Saturday.

A statement read: “The Premier League has received a postponement request from Arsenal FC relating to their away match against Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played at 4.30pm on Sunday 16 January.

“The Premier League Board will meet tomorrow to review the application and inform both clubs and their fans of its decision.”

A statement from Arsenal added: “We have reluctantly taken this step but we have many players currently unavailable across our squad as a result of Covid, injuries and players away with their countries at AFCON.”

football.london understands that Spurs have been left surprised by the request, as there has been no reports of a Covid outbreak at the Gunners' London Colney training ground.

Mikel Arteta's side are extremely short in midfield in particular after allowing Ainsley Maitland-Niles to leave for AS Roma on loan, whilst Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are also away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

As per the Premier League, the Board has applied a number of factors in recent postponements, including where a club has been unable to field 13 outfield players and a goalkeeper for a match due to Covid infections, injuries, illness and/or those isolating.

With only one known player [Odegaard] out as a result of Covid, Spurs fans have been left frustrated by the Gunners' request, which has left them and others asking why Arsenal feel as though they can't field a team on Sunday.

With that in mind, football.london has taken a look at the current status of Arsenal's squad (including loan deals made in the January transfer window).

Goalkeepers:

Aaron Ramsdale – Available

Bernd Leno – Available

Arthur Okonkwo – Available

Defenders:

Kieran Tierney – Available

Ben White – Available

Gabriel Magalhaes – Available

Rob Holding – Available

Cedric Soares – Injury doubt

Takehiro Tomiyasu – Injured

Nuno Tavares – Available

Calum Chambers – Available

Pablo Mari – Available (Potential loan soon)

Sead Kolasinac – Available

Thomas Partey – AFCON

Bukayo Saka – Injury doubt

Martin Odegaard – Covid

Emile Smith Rowe – Injured

Albert Sambi Lokonga – Available

Mohamed Elneny – AFCON

Granit Xhaka – Suspended

Charlie Patino – Available

Salah-Eddine Oulad M'Hand – Available

Omari Hutchinson – Available

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – On loan (Roma)



Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his AS Roma debut vs Juventus after joining on loan from Arsenal

Forwards

Alexandre Lacazette – Available

Eddie Nketiah – Available

Gabriel Martinelli – Available

Nicolas Pepe – AFCON

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – AFCON

Folarin Balogun – On loan (Middlesbrough)

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