Arsenal anger Tottenham with ‘request’ to postpone north London derby despite Arteta claim

Understandably, Spurs are seemingly keen to play their local foes in such a circumstance, given the bragging rights and Premier League implications that would come with a victory. 

Tottenham are two points behind Arsenal in the table, but thanks to a host of Covid-related postponements of their own, they also have two games in hand. 

A response to the request is expected on Saturday.  

It comes despite a midweek post-match message from Arteta which suggested that he and his players were pumped up and ready to give it their all at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.