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).
Aaron Ramsdale – Available
Bernd Leno – Available
Arthur Okonkwo – Available
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)
Alexandre Lacazette – Available
Eddie Nketiah – Available
Gabriel Martinelli – Available
Nicolas Pepe – AFCON
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – AFCON
Folarin Balogun – On loan (Middlesbrough)