Arsenal's League Cup semi-final first leg clash with Liverpool has been postponed.
The tie had been scheduled for this Thursday [January 6] but has now been called off after a number of Covid cases among Jurgen Klopp's squad.
First leg new date: Thursday January 13 - Liverpool vs Arsenal - kick-off 7.45pm
Second leg new date: Thursday January 20 - Arsenal vs Liverpool - kick-off 7.45pm
An EFL statement on Wednesday confirmed Arsenal will now play Liverpool in a fortnight and will now be treated as the second leg semi-final.
"The EFL has been in regular dialogue with the club over the past 48 hours in an attempt to understand whether the tie could proceed but significant developments over this period have resulted in the club reporting an ever-increasing number of COVID cases," a statement read.
"Having now fully reviewed the circumstances involved, the League has accepted Liverpool's request after determining, albeit reluctantly, that a postponement was the only option as the club looks to mitigate against the further risk of infection amongst its squad and staff alongside ensuring public health was protected by not travelling from Liverpool to London.
"As a result of the postponement the order of the ties has now changed with the first of the two legs to take place at Anfield on 13 January 2022 at 7.45pm. The rearranged game (now the 2nd leg) is scheduled to be played at the Emirates on 20 January 2022 at 7.45pm."
The fixture changes mean a busy month for Mikel Arteta's Gunners with the North London derby away to Spurs now sandwiched between the two semi-final clashes.
The Gunners arre set to host Burnley on the Saturday following the second leg, but the date must now be in question.
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