Arsenal match against Wolves at the Emirates Stadium, due to be played on 28 December has been postponed. The decision was taken as Bruno Lage’s men has been hit hard by the coronavirus and injuries.
Wolves have a long list of absentees in the form of Willy Boly, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Hwang Hee-Chan. Pedro Neto, Jonny Otto and Yerson Mosquera all on the sidelines due to long term injuries. While Fabio Silva and Yerson Mosquera both tested COVID positive.
The Premier League issued a statement agreeing to Wolves’ request read:
“Arsenal FC’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium, due to be played at 12:30pm on Tuesday 28 December, has regrettably been postponed.
The Premier League Board accepted the postponement application as Wolverhampton Wanderers does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper) as a result of a number of Covid-19 cases and injuries at the club.
The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans.”
The announcement came as a sigh of relief for both the camps. Mikel Arteta’s men would have had less than 48 hours to recover for the fixture after the game against Norwich. For Wolves it is their second festive postponement after their match against Watford was also called off due to COVID in the Watford camp.
The in-form Arsenal could’ve caused Wolves a lot of worries
The dream run of Mikel Arteta’s men is not taking a halt. They have secured 4 wins out of the last 5 games played and are looking to consolidate their position in the top 4.
The Gunners thrashed Norwich 5:0 with Saka delivering another great performance by scoring a brace. On the other hand, The Wanderers are going through a rough patch of form winning only once in their last 5. So, it would have been an uphill task for Lage’s men to snatch a victory from the Gunners.
Premier League intends to continue despite COVID jibe
A total of 15 games have been already postponed in the Premier League due to the onset of COVID-19. But the Premier League has made its intentions clear to continue the fixture as safely as possible.
Leeds United’s game against Aston Villa was also called off due to the COVID outbreak. It was also scheduled to take place on 28 December. Wolves’ next match is scheduled to take place on 3 January against Manchester United. Meanwhile, Arsenal will take on Manchester City on 1 January.