Wolverhampton Wanderers’ trip to Arsenal, originally scheduled for Tuesday 28 December, has been postponed due to Covid-19 cases among the West Midlands’ club.
The match had been scheduled for a lunchtime kickoff. In total, 15 Premier League matches have now been postponed this month.
Arsenal’s match away to Norwich City went ahead of Boxing Day as scheduled and travelling fans will have been delighted it did as they ran out convincing 5-0 victors. The result gives them a six point lead over Tottenham Hotspur in fifth, but with their North London rivals having three games in hand.
A Premier League statement confirmed:
“We accepted the postponement application as Wolverhampton Wanderers does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper) as a result of a number of Covid-19 cases and injuries at the club”.
“The [Premier League] board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans.
“We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans.”
Leeds united versus Aston Villa, originally scheduled for Tuesday too, has also been postponed.