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'Never ever': Arsenal boss Arteta hits back at Tottenham's statement on NLD postponement

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta faced the media today for the first time since the North London derby was postponed and he has had his say on Tottenham Hotspur’s statement.

The Gunners requested the Premier League to push the game forward because we just didn’t have enough senior players. That request was granted and the game, which was scheduled to take place last Sunday, was postponed.

Spurs, who were probably disappointed that they couldn’t take on a highly weakened Arsenal side, released a furious statement demanding clarity and accusing the Gunners of postponing the game despite our problems being unrelated to COVID-19. (Read the full statement here)


Mikel Arteta: Arsenal will never release public statements questioning the PL like Tottenham

The Arsenal boss said in his press conference today: “We didn’t have the players necessary to put a squad available to compete in a Premier League match. That is 100 per cent guaranteed.

“When we played the first three games of the season while other teams were postponing matches, we were killed. People said (back then) ‘don’t be naïve, if you have that many players out, don’t play with your kids’.

“Now, we postpone the matches for all the right reasons, believe me.”

“When a team has come to us and said ‘we cannot play and these are the reasons why’ and the game has been postponed, we have never ever publically questioned any of that and we will not. That is why we have the Premier League and the FA and the regulators.”

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The Insider’s View:

Arteta is absolutely spot on.

Tottenham went overboard with their reaction and released a needless statement that was never going to do anything but create unnecessary noise on social media.

The Premier League rules clearly state that clubs can apply for a postponement if they cannot field 13 outfield players. Arsenal couldn’t and we asked the question as a result. Unsurprisingly, our request was granted and rightly so.

Tottenham have achieved absolutely nothing with their statement and Arteta is right to highlight that Arsenal would ‘never ever’ do such a thing.

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