Arsenal are set to take on Leeds in the coming hours, despite an extensive number of players absent for the home side.
The Gunners head into today’s clash with a near-full squad of options to choose from, but the same cannot be said for their rivals.
Unfortunately for Leeds however is that other teams are having their matches called off due to positive Coronavirus cases, whilst the Yorkshire club are struggling with actual injuries instead.
Despite the above fact, Jeff Stelling believes it is ‘absolutely staggering’ that the fixture has been allowed to go ahead.
“It’s ironic isn’t it?” he said live on Sky Sports(via MOTLeedsNews). “Listen to their injuries at the moment; Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper, Rodrigo, [Pascal] Struijk, [Jamie] Shackleton, probably Dan James as well.
“It’s ironic that with all the games going off, their game is going ahead – absolutely staggering.”
It is hardly Arsenal’s fault that their rivals are struggling with injuries, and their thin squad means they are likely to be strongly affected by their absences, but the fact of the matter is that the postponed matches are due to the spread of infection.
We will still need to stay focused despite our rivals issues, but it would definitely have been unfair to call this off simply due to stacked up injuries.