Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has come out swinging after a wave of criticism followed the club’s decision to postpone Sunday’s north London derby. The Spaniard passionately defended the decision which divided opinion before the Gunners’ Carabao Cup meeting with Liverpool on Thursday.
Numerous factors have seen Arteta forced to work with a depleted squad in recent weeks.
The likes of Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have all been away at the Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON], with a host of other stars out injured.
What caused controversy, however, was the club’s decision to sanction the exits of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Folarin Balogun earlier in the January transfer window.
Since their request to postpone Sunday’s derby was approved, they also saw two further departures in Pablo Mari and Sead Kolasinac.
Fans, particularly those with an affiliation for Spurs, also took issue with the fact that Martin Odegaard is Arsenal’s only known Covid case – something confirmed again by Arteta on Wednesday afternoon.
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