Micah Richards has defended Arsenal, after the Gunners got their game with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday delayed due to a lack of available players.
The midfielder's early bath also meant he wouldn't be available for the north London derby and Mikel Arteta's team then asked for the match to be delayed, with one Covid case also in their ranks.
Spurs certainly weren't happy with the decision on Saturday to accept their rivals request, pointing out they got kicked out of the Europa Conference League for postponing a game, but Richards believes every club would do the same.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the former Manchester City full back said the Gunners had done nothing wrong and was bemused by all the criticism.
🗣 "In my opinion they've done nothing wrong, let's be honest, other clubs would do the same thing, it's not an Arsenal thing. Every team in the Premier League would look after themselves and if they say they wouldn't then they're lying."@MicahRichards on the NLD postponement pic.twitter.com/9kRCcY4KrP— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 16, 2022
"In my opinion, they've done nothing wrong. Let's be honest, other clubs would do the same thing, it's not an Arsenal thing," the Sky pundit said.
"Every team in the Premier League would look after themselves & if they say they wouldn't then they're lying."
Several other games in the league have been postponed over the past month and Arsenal themselves were annoyed when Liverpool did the same for the original Carabao Cup first leg date just 10 days ago.
On that occasion the positive Covid tests that led to the postponement ended up being false positives, with only one player actually testing for the virus.
Whilst Richards, and Arsenal fans, backed the decision for the game to go ahead, many pointed out that Leeds United have had to play their youngsters for a big chunk of the season due to injuries.
Marcelo Bielsa's side were once again left short on Sunday against West Ham, in what was supposed to be the precursor to the north London derby, when two players went off injured.
The Yorkshire side had to bring on teenagers Lewis Bate and Leo Hjelde in the first half.
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