Football fans are hypocrites.
We all hate diving, yet turn a blind eye when we win a game through a penalty that never was. we all hate VAR until the offside decision is given in our favour. And so on.
Throughout the last couple of months of the pandemic, I have had a consistent view.
Football games should not be postponed due to “Covid and injuries”.
Every Premier League side has registered over 50 players across their A and B lists. To announce they are unable to field a starting XI and 7 subs is just laughable.
It was interesting to note that last weekend, faced with forfeiting the tie, no FA Cup game was postponed due to Covid. Every team managed to put out a side.
Then we return to the Premier League and all of a sudden Everton v Leicester City is postponed due to the visitors being unable to field and XI. It is just a joke.
Therefore I am very dissapointed that todays North London Derby game against Tottenham has been postponed.
But it is not Arsenal’s fault.
The Premier League set the tone back end of 2021 when they postponed a Tottenham game due to Covid.
Then as the festive period rolled on, games got suspended left, right and centre due to “covid and injuries”.
The Football League then postponed the first leg of Arsenal and Liverpool’s League Cup game due to “Covid, injuries and the African Cup of Nations”.
Teams should not be asking for games to be supended. That is all.
However, having seen almost every other club getting a game postponed, it is no surprise Arsenal went down this route. And you can not really blame the club.
As soon as the authorities opened the gates to postponments, it would have been unfair for them to suddenly close them.
What we need is to start next year with a clean slate. Make it clear that games will not be postponed. That teams either put out an XI or forfeit the game.
A final thought.
It is interesting to see the media turn on Arsenal this weekend, whilst they have remained fairly silent on other postponments.
Sky have led the criticism. It seems Gary Neville et al are happy to support postponments when it does not affect their TV show. As soon as a game is postponed that leads to no Sky Super Sunday, they are up in arms.
Do not just blame Arsenal. Blame Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Wolves, Leciester City. The Premier League. Blame them all.
Pandora’s box was opened when Tottenham begged the Premier League to postpone their game against Brighton.
Todays game should not have been postponed. No game should have been postponed.