Arsenal filed for a Spurs postponement yesterday due to lacking the players needed to play on Sunday, they highlighted injuries, AFCON, and COVID.
The uproar has been quite something.
For me, the whole thing boils down to something quite simple.
The Premier League has been incredibly subjective about cancellations. There are no hard and fast rules on numbers, who can be included in those numbers, who monitors the covid, and up until yesterday… who can move a game.
In this subjective world, Arsenal were not allowed to postpone the Brentford game at the start of the season. Our outbreak happened the day before the game, players couldn’t go on the bus because it was such a mess, we lost our first game. Those issues carried through into Chelsea. Rocked our form. Caused outrageous amounts of pain for the fans, the coaches, and the players.
There was no energy from pundits around the 9 players we had missing. No one took a beat to say, ‘fuck, that was rough that Arsenal had to play those games’, it was #ArtetaOut all over the internet.
Since then, we’ve had plenty of cancellations.
Antonio Conte had a lovely preseason in December as Spurs succumbed to the virus and poor form.
Ralph Rangnick had 16 days free with his players in December.
Leicester just had their 5th game of the season postponed… crickets.
Arsenal, looking at this subjectively, should be given this postponement. It shouldn’t matter that we loaned a subpar player, it shouldn’t matter that we sent a 20 yr old to Boro’, all that should matter is a club that has ploughed through the worst if it is given the benefit of the doubt, because we were not given the same rub of the green at the start of the season.
I suspect we won’t though.
The faux outrage from Spurs, who let Rennes travel before they canceled will have weight. All the journalists uninterested in an opinion when Klopp was creating a mess of false/positives, like Jason Burt, are all now up in arms over Arsenal.
If it’s a subjective call, Arsenal for some reason, always seems to be the easiest team to roll in that department. Gary Neville is not the arbiter of the Premier League, but the fact he said, ‘I should have said something 4 weeks ago’, tells you how uninteresting postponements were when teams with favourable media presence were shifting based on their needs.
I don’t really know what the deal will be if we have to adapt to our poor situation tomorrow, but I have a feeling that the spirit in our players is so strong, that whatever we put out will be good enough to give Spurs a run for their money.
Antonio Conte is using his pre-game time to lavish praise on the time and money Arteta has had to work on his squad. He always wouldn’t commit his future to the club, which is a pretty big flex three months into the job. Again, we knew this was coming, this is a message to Levy that if the pennies don’t land, he won’t stay. Absolutely perfection.
Before I go, Marseille has been hit with a 2 window transfer ban. I’m not sure how that affects their ability to sign Matteo Guendouzi after his loan is up. Quite often those obligations are set, but the bigger question for me would be whether they have the money to do the deal.
Right, see you later when the decision lands.