The Gunners may be paying the price for their Carabao Cup match with Liverpool being rearranged with serious consequences for the rest of their fixture lists for the month
Arsenal and Liverpool have both confirmed that the first leg in their Carabao Cup semifinal clash will be delayed due to a growing number of Covid-19 cases at Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s team submitted a request for the EFL to cancel the game, which was originally set to be played at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, January 6.
The Reds were forced to give up their home advantage in the second leg. Their first meeting is now scheduled for January 13 at Anfield, with a second match at Emirates one week later.
Liverpool continued to return positive cases after the request was made. Assistant boss Pep Lijnders, who had previously been confirmed as a manager at Liverpool, was confirmed as an assistant boss. “suspected case.”
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Between the Carabao Cup clashes at the rearranged date is the minor matter of a north London derby away to Tottenham Hotspur Sunday, January 16.
Although Liverpool’s fixture schedule is not affected by the changes, they could have a particularly negative impact on Arsenal’s bid to finish in the top four at the end of the season.
As it stands, the Gunners must take on Liverpool at home on Thursday, before welcoming Burnley in the Emirates two days later, Saturday, January 22, 2012.
The fixture could lead to a host of issues. First, it will impact Mikel Arteta’sArsenal player health if they have two games that are less than 48 hours apart.
The Gunners were feared to have to do this during the festive period. They made the trip to Norwich on Boxing Day to face Wolves at home. However, that fixture was postponed after a rise in Covid cases within Wolves ranks.
A second concern is that if Burnley’s visit is moved to Sunday as expected, then three London clubs will be playing in the capital on the exact same afternoon.
Arsenal’s match with Sean Dyche’s team will likely take place at 2pm. If it is moved back to Sunday 23 January, that would mean Chelsea will welcome Spurs to Stamford Bridge.
This may be a concern for the Metropolitan Police, as they might have to send officers to both games. The second is a fierce London rivalry.
It will therefore require a large police presence. This may not be possible if there are fixtures to tend to in north London.