The Premier League are still only ‘in talks’ over reorganising the Arsenal fixture against Manchester City for next Wednesday, five days after the date became possible.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 02, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Premier League initially planned the Arsenal fixture against Manchester City for last weekend. Unfortunately, due to City’s participation in the League Cup final, that wasn’t possible.

That meant a wait for Arsenal supporters to find out when they’ll need to travel up to Manchester. The PL still haven’t made an announcement, but the Daily Mail report they’re now ‘in talks’ over a match next Wednesday, with a decision to come within 24 hours.

The thing is, they knew this date was a possibility from last Thursday. The second Arsenal lost to Olympiacos, the date was free for the Premier League to confirm the fixture. Five days later, they’re still only getting going on negotiations.

Another great display of the league putting fan interests first.

Twitter user AFCFixtureNews, a reliable source for information on fixtures, claims Manchester City are pushing for the date, due to their lack of alternatives. Arsenal, meanwhile, don’t want the match at such short notice.

The one upside is that City play Manchester United the Sunday before the potential fixture. Arsenal play West Ham on Saturday. So the Gunners would get an extra day of rest after a game against bottom-half opposition.

With the squad at City’s disposal, that’s unlikely to affect the result much though.