London derby could be postponed, warns Mikel Arteta 

London derby could be postponed, warns Mikel Arteta 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits there is a possibility their Premier League match against Tottenham could be postponed as he may not have enough players due to illness and injuries. 

Granit Xhaka will miss the north London game after picking up a red card against Liverpool in their 0-0 draw on Thursday. Bukayo Saka, Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares also picked up knocks while the Gunners missed the services of Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe. 

Martin Odegaard also missed yesterday's draw due to illness and is a doubt for the weekend clash. 

"I don't know, it's a possibility," Arteta responded when asked whether Sunday's game could be postponed. 

"In every game, from our side, from the opponents' side, because of the amount of issues everyone is having and because it is happening every week.

"We try to prepare games thinking we are going to play. If something happens along the way, it is what it is."

The Premier League only grants a postponement if a club has fewer than 14 players - 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper available, with the board examining requests on a case-by-case basis.

See also: EFL Cup: Liverpool fail to break down ten-man Arsenal 

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