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Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal want to play Tottenham despite not having 12 players

Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal want to play Sunday’s derby in north London with Tottenham, despite missing TWELVE players – and more likely to follow – due to Covid, injuries, suspension and the AFCON

  • Arsenal travel this Sunday to their rivals in north London, Tottenham Hotspur
  • Mikel Arteta has seen his team decimated but insists he wants to play the game
  • The Gunners don’t have 12 players in all and more are likely to follow
  • According to the competition rules, a match can be postponed if a team does not have 13 players
  • But Arteta said Arsenal’s intention is to always play despite absences











Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal want Sunday’s derby in north London to go ahead despite his squad having been decimated.

Arsenal are in talks with the Premier League about whether to continue the game after being hit by Covid and injuries.

They currently have a total of 12 players with the prospect of more being unavailable after Friday’s coronavirus testing.

Mikel Arteta has insisted Arsenal want to play Tottenham on Sunday, despite being without at least 12 players due to Covid cases, injuries, suspension and the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mikel Arteta has insisted Arsenal want to play Tottenham on Sunday, despite being without at least 12 players due to Covid cases, injuries, suspension and the Africa Cup of Nations.

Granit Xhaka is banned after his red card in the Carabao Cup match in Liverpool

Granit Xhaka is banned after his red card in the Carabao Cup match in Liverpool

State competition rules can be postponed if a team does not have 13 available field players and a goalkeeper.

Leicester’s trip to Everton in the middle of the week was called off as the Foxes cited players absent from the Africa Cup of Nations as an additional factor in the decision.

That also affects Arsenal, which are without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Pepe.

Arteta may have little choice but to put on an impromptu match against their bitter rivals on Sunday

Arteta may have little choice but to put on an impromptu match against their bitter rivals on Sunday

Asked if he wants the trip to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – a crucial game in the race for fourth place – cancelled, Arsenal manager Arteta said: “I don’t know, it’s hard to say that honestly without to rate our players. , but what is highly unlikely today is likely to happen tomorrow.

“It went the other way for us when we were ready to play a game and it got canceled twice because the other team had problems, so it could go either way. But it’s always our intention to play.’

Arsenal saw their problems worsen during their goalless draw with Liverpool in Thursday’s Carabao Cup.

Bukayo Saka was one of the goalscorers when Arsenal beat Tottenham in the September derby match

Bukayo Saka was one of the goalscorers when Arsenal beat Tottenham in the September derby match

Arsenal and Tottenham battle it out to make it to the Champions League next season

Arsenal and Tottenham battle it out to make it to the Champions League next season

Granit Xhaka was sent off and will be banned on Sunday, while Cedric Soares and Bukayo Saka were hit at Anfield.

Martin Odegaard missed the game due to Covid and will also be sidelined on Sunday.

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