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As Xhaka issues apology, Arteta speaks on chances of NLD being postponed

As Granit Xhaka issues apology, Mikel Arteta speaks on possibility of Tottenham clash being postponed

 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has provided an insight into the chances of the club’s upcoming derby showdown with Tottenham Hotspur being postponed.

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Arteta, of course, guided his troops back into action a short time ago.

The Gunners made the trip to Anfield, hopeful of taking a step towards the finale of the Carabao Cup after seeing their FA Cup plans fall apart at the first hurdle versus Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

And though, when all was said and done, Arsenal didn’t manage to return to winning ways, the north Londoners did provide an impressive account of themselves.

Upon Granit Xhaka being given his marching orders midway through the first-half on Merseyside, all hope of a positive result appeared to have been lost:

A stellar defensive display over the course of the ensuing hour+, however, ensured that Arsenal ultimately came away from the clash with a deserved 0-0 stalemate, meaning it remains all to play for ahead of next week’s return leg at the Emirates.

‘It’s a possibility’

Despite his side, in the end, having managed to hang on for a draw, though, the aforementioned Xhaka has nevertheless deemed it necessary to take to social media post-match, to issue a public apology to all associated with Arsenal.

In a post on his official Instagram account, the Swiss international unveiled the following message:

‘I want to apologise to everyone. I am so proud of my team and the spirit that they showed to keep a clean sheet tonight.’

Also noteworthy when it comes to post-match developments at Anfield were the latest comments on the part of Mikel Arteta, surrounding the chances of this weekend’s highly-anticipated North London Derby being called off.

This comes with Arsenal’s personnel crisis have been added to once more this evening, owing to Xhaka’s impending suspension and an injury picked up by Cedric Soares.

In turn, Arteta went on to admit that the possibility of Sunday’s clash at the Tottenham Hotpur Stadium being postponed cannot be ruled out:

The Gunners boss concluded:

 

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Southampton FC 20 -6 24
12 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
13 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
14 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 20 -36 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6




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