GARY NEVILLE believes Arsenal needs to be made to play their match in opposition to Tottenham.
The Gunners requested the Premier League postpone the sport with Mikel Arteta’s aspect probably lacking up to 13 senior gamers.
But solely a type of gamers is a Covid absentee and due to that Neville is adamant Arsenal should fulfil the fixture.
Speaking forward of Brighton’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Sky Sports, Neville mentioned: “I imagine that each one groups, not simply within the Premier League however within the EFL, should be made to play their fixtures.
“Balogun’s gone on mortgage, Maitland-Niles has gone on mortgage, Xhaka’s acquired a crimson card – that’s not the fault of anybody else. We can’t be calling fixtures off.
“If it was purely down to Covid and extraordinary circumstances the place there are 10-15 gamers out however we’re now speaking about groups over the previous few weeks the place they’ve been calling video games off based mostly upon whether or not they’ve acquired one of the best group to win a sport.
“It’s acquired to cease and that’s not a dig at Arsenal.
“I ought to have spoken three or 4 weeks in the past. Manchester United, different groups have acquired 30-40 gamers within the squad – I’m not having they’ll’t get 13-14 gamers collectively.
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“It should be rejected unless there are a load of Covid cases today at Arsenal. It has to stop now this and we have to make teams play.”
Arsenal are eager to get the sport postponed due to accidents to Emile Smith Rowe, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Sead Kolasinac, whereas Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney, Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares are additionally uncertain.
Martin Odegaard missed the Liverpool conflict by way of Covid whereas Granit Xhaka is suspended after being despatched off at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Folarin Balogun have been allowed to go away on mortgage regardless of Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny all going to the African Cup of Nations.
But different groups have had fixtures referred to as off in related circumstances.
Liverpool have been allowed to push again their Carabao Cup assembly with Arsenal – although it later transpired that Trent Alexander-Arnold was the one participant who examined constructive for Covid forward of that fixture.
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