Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants ‘fairness’ after Premier League’s Covid meeting

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said he wanted “everyone to play by the same rules” after the Premier League meeting on Monday to discuss the Covid pandemic.

Six out of 10 Premier League matches have been postponed this week, with Arsenal win 4-1 at Leeds The only match will be on Saturday.

20 First Division clubs will meet on monday to discuss options.

“They have to come forward and explain what we expect of them,” Arteta said.

“If everyone is healthy and the authorities think we have to continue, we will.

“We are following the directions. If they say play as much as we can, we will play as much as we can. We want to all play by the same rules and all in the same way.

“Everything they decide is better for the integrity of the competition.”

Meanwhile, Premier League chief Richard Masters has written to clubs urging players to get vaccinated and stressing the importance of the league completing the season.

Premier League chairman Rick Barry said there were no plans to pause the Premier League football due to Covid-19, despite 19 matches across the Premier League being postponed this weekend.

The decision was made to cancel five Premier League matches on Friday but it was announced Aston Villa v Burnley has been cancelled It was made just two and a half hours before 15:00 GMT.

Fans showed up at Villa Park on Saturday to find out that the match had been cancelled

“It’s a catastrophic situation for some fans,” former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“There has to be some logic around the Premier League in trusting clubs to make a phone call ahead of time and say ‘this game doesn’t stand a chance’.”

“There has to be some clarity from the Premier League. It seems ridiculous for a £1 billion organization like the Premier League not to provide transparent messages about what the standards are. What are the rules?”

In addition to the official meeting of the Premier League clubs, coaches and captains are also scheduled to hold their own meetings.

More than half of Premier League football matches have been canceled this weekend as well (19 out of 36), but all four Scottish Premier League matches are past.

BBC football correspondent Ian Dennis said: “There are bigger concerns about the paying fan and the travel.

“Villa’s postponement against Burnley came after Villa provided new information, but it begs the question whether that information can be provided sooner. Is there a need for an early end point?”

Other managers in the Premier League have different thoughts on the issue of suspending football, as happened in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic.

Brentford coach Thomas Frank believes this week’s Premier League matches and next week’s EFL Cup should have been postponed so teams can “break the chain” of infection by Boxing Day.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he does not see a “100% benefit” from stopping the league because they will have to find space to play several matches later.

There are only two players in the middle of the week who are completely free the rest of the season, and they have been set aside for potential cup matches which has resulted in league matches being postponed.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said he did not believe matches should continue while so many matches were cancelled.

Dennis added, “They [clubs with different opinions] They need to try to find a solution and they should try to find common ground moving forward.

“There isn’t much room for boredom in terms of trying to fit all these games into the schedule.

“There is a lot to try and get over from a logistical point of view, a welfare point of view in terms of players and staff working at different clubs, and consideration for the fans.”

Monday’s meeting will not just be a potential break and cancel matches. A rearrangement of games that have already been postponed is also on the agenda.

Delaying the end of the season could cause huge logistical problems.

The Nations League is due to start on June 4 – with four matches for each European country that month – and next season is due to start a week earlier (August 6) to match the Winter World Cup finals in Qatar.

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