Arsenal St Stephen’s Day fixture in doubt

Arsenal have confirmed their fixture against West Ham on St Stephen’s Day is in doubt due to the threat of a tube strike.

London Underground drivers are set to stage three strikes over bank holiday pay, with the first scheduled for December 26.

The move threatens travel chaos in London and Arsenal admit their game at the Emirates Stadium is under threat.

“Arsenal Football Club is currently in discussions with the Premier League, West Ham United, police and relevant authorities over the possible postponement of the Boxing Day fixture at Emirates Stadium, following the announcement that London Underground drivers plan industrial action on that day,” a club statement said.

“The match is in doubt due to the difficulties of getting 60,000 supporters, plus matchday staff and employees to the stadium safely in the advent of disruption to public transport on a public holiday.

“The club will make a further announcement as soon as a final decision is made.”

In contrast, QPR’s match with West Brom goes ahead and Fulham insist they have no plans to cancel their match with Southampton.

Tube drivers are due to walk out for 24 hours on December 26 and on January 18 and 25.


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