Tottenham have expressed their anger and frustration that Arsenal's request to have Sunday’s north London derby postponed was granted by the Premier League.

The Gunners, who played out a goalless draw with Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Thursday, made an application to the Premier League on Friday due to a host of players being unavailable.

A mixture of coronavirus, injuries, suspension and players being away at the Africa Cup of Nations led to Arsenal "reluctantly" taking the step to ask for the match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to be called off.

Following the confirmation on Saturday of that being granted, Tottenham released a statement in which they said "we may now be seeing unintended consequences" in terms of Premier League guidance on postponements, and stressed the importance of having "clarity and consistency on the application of the rule".

The statement on the club’s official website said: "We regret to announce that Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal has been postponed.

"This follows an application from Arsenal to the Premier League on the basis of a combination of Covid, existing and recent injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. We are extremely surprised that this application has been approved.

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"We ourselves were disqualified from the European Conference League after a significant number of Covid cases meant we needed to reschedule a fixture and our application to move our Leicester fixture was not approved - only for it to be subsequently postponed when Leicester applied.

"The original intention of the guidance was to deal with player availability directly affected by Covid cases, resulting in depleted squads that when taken together with injuries would result in the club being unable to field a team. We do not believe it was the intent to deal with player availability unrelated to Covid.

"We may now be seeing the unintended consequences of this rule. It is important to have clarity and consistency on the application of the rule. Yet again fans have seen their plans disrupted at unacceptably short notice.

"We shall once again send food deliveries to the local food banks to avoid unacceptable waste. We are sincerely sorry for our fans – some of whom will have travelled great distances."

The Premier League had earlier released a statement that read: "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. All clubs are able to apply for a postponement if Covid-19 infections are a factor in their request."