St Albans City FC were scheduled to play Arsenal U23’s on Monday, August 1, but the North London club cancelled the game today, just weeks before the match was due to take place.
The highly anticipated pre-season fixture was forced to be called off today (July 11) due to Arsenal’s inability to field a sufficient squad. With the first team due to kick off their Premier League campaign on Friday, August 5, and many youth squad members already out on loan, Arsenal announced they didn’t have the requisite number of players to play.
A spokesperson for St Albans City FC said: “We understand this is a huge blow to supporters, and it is indeed too for the club.”
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is due to take place in November of this year, as temperatures in the host nation make it unfeasible to play in the traditional summer months. This has forced a shorter preseason for Premier League clubs as the league has adjusted the fixture schedule to allow the World Cup to take place mid-season. As such, Arsenal have been unable to commit to an alternative date.
With several hundred tickets already bought for the exciting fixture, the club are now faced with the arduous task of refunding or exchanging tickets.
The Saints kick off their 2022/23 season away to Chelmsford City in the National League South at 15:00 on Saturday, August 6.