Ian Wright and Gary Neville have been embroiled in a Twitter spat following Arsenal’s request that Sunday’s North London Derby match with Tottenham Hotspur be canceled.
Gary Neville, Ian Wright and others are engaged in a verbal battle over whether the Premier League should postpone North London Derby between Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal.
After Arsenal demanded that the match at Spurs be delayed on Friday night, claiming that they did not have enough players to field a full team, Sunday’s match is now in doubt.
Neville, a former Manchester United captain, criticized the Gunners’ application on that night. While it was mostly due to injuries and players absent at the Africa Cup of Nations in Africa, the Sky Sports pundit has been met by backlash from Wright.
Neville’s Response TweetHe affirmed his belief that games should be forced forward “from now on”Wright should not be exposed to significant Covid-19 contamination unless there is an outbreak. Write: “FROM NOW ON [with a laughing emoji]”
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“It’s not about Arsenal or the fans. It’s about no more Super Sunday on Sky!”
Neville Fired back: “It’s not Ian [with a confused emoji].”
The player-turned-pundit previously tweeted: “I repeat this is not about Arsenal but all teams should be made to play from now on in the PL and EFL.
“Why has this decision been delayed to today, when the request was made last night at 6.30pm? Fans will set off from all parts of the country and will remain in limbo!”
Neville, speaking in depth Friday evening, after the news broke about the request, was harsh on Arsenal. Sky Sports: “[Folarin] Balogun’s gone on loan, [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles has gone on loan, Xhaka’s got a red card – that’s not the fault of anybody else.
“We can’t be calling fixtures off. It would be a simple matter of Covid or extraordinary circumstances, where 10 or 15 players were out. [it would be acceptable].
“But, we’re now talking about teams in the last few weeks where there’s no doubt they’ve been calling games off whether they think they’ve got the best squad or best team to win a game.”
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Manager Mikel Arteta claimed earlier that the Gunners intended to play, but he admitted that he wasn’t sure if the grudge match would proceed, which could prove crucial in the race for 4th place and qualification for the Champions League.
“I don’t know, it’s difficult to say that with total honesty without assessing our players,” Arteta explained.
“What is today very unlikely, tomorrow is likely to happen. It’s gone the other way for us when we were ready to play a match and it was cancelled twice because the other team had issues so it can go both ways. But our intention is always to play.”