Harry Kane makes Arsenal admission as Premier League issue controversial North London Derby call

Here is your Arsenal morning digest on Sunday, January 16.

Kane’s Arsenal admission

Tottenham frontman Harry Kane has described Arsenal as a “great side” despite the fierce rivalry between the two clubs.

The England star was released from the Gunners academy a year after signing at eight years old. But he seemingly has no hard feelings for Spurs’ arch-nemesis, admitting they are reaching “a high level.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Before I kind of broke into the team, our history wasn’t great against Arsenal in terms of playing against them, obviously finishing above them in the league.

“Yeah, that’s kind of changed over the last five, six years now.

“But look, Arsenal are a great side, they have kind of been building over the last couple of years I feel and now they’re starting to reach a high level.”

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North London Derby postponed

Kane was speaking prior to the postponement of the North London Derby, which was announced on Saturday afternoon and prompted an angry reaction from Spurs fans and pundits.

Arsenal had asked for the game to be called off due to insufficient numbers amid COVID-19 cases, injuries and AFCON absences.

A statement from the Premier League said: “Following a request from Arsenal FC, the Premier League Board met today and regrettably agreed to postpone the club’s away fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played at 4:30pm on Sunday 16 January.

“With Arsenal having fewer than the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), the Board accepted the club’s application.

“The decision is a result of a combination of COVID-19, existing and recent injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.”

Read the full story here.

Postponement to benefit Xhaka

The postponement will come as a relief for Arsenal and Granit Xhaka, who was due to miss the Spurs clash.

The Swiss midfielder was sent off in the club’s 0-0 Anfield draw with Liverpool in Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

He will now miss the second leg and the Gunners’ league clash with Burnley meaning he will be available for selection by the time the fixture eventually comes around once scheduled – unless he sees red again.

Read about all the implications here.


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