Arsenal v West Ham postponed on Boxing Day due to strike action
Football supporters looking forward to Boxing Day football at the Emirates Stadium on 26 December were left disappointed on Wednesday after a decision was made to postpone the game between Arsenal and West Ham.
December 19th, 2012
With the threat of industrial strikes looming from underground drivers, the decision has been made to rearrange the fixture, with London Underground drivers set to stage three strikes in a row over Bank Holiday pay.
“As a result of Monday’s strike ballot and the proposed industrial action on London Underground on Boxing Day, Arsenal’s Premier League match against West Ham United at Emirates Stadium, originally planned for Wednesday, December 26, has been postponed,” said a statement on Arsenal’s official website.
“This decision has been made now, due to the preparation period needed to safely operate Emirates Stadium by all the relevant agencies.
“The paramount concern was always the duty of care towards the Arsenal supporters, West Ham United supporters, matchday employees and workers and indeed everyone who was planning to attend the game on Boxing Day.”
The fixture has yet to be rearranged but Arsenal did add: “The club can confirm that this rearranged fixture will be played on either Wednesday, January 23 (kick off 7.45pm) or Saturday, January 26 (kick off 3pm).
“The date of the fixture will be determined by the results in the FA Cup third round, which is being played on the weekend of Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6.”