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Arsenal Postpone Boxing Day Match Against West Ham United

READING, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17:  Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Arsenal at Madejski Stadium on December 17, 2012 in Reading, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2012

For the second straight year, Arsenal have been forced to cancel their Boxing Day match. 

This season's match was scheduled to be played against fellow London side, West Ham United

The official statement from the club's website cites the potential strike of the workers on the London Underground as the reason for the postponement of the match.

Here is more from the club's statement on the difficulty of having fans get to the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day. 

"In addition to the proposed industrial action on London Underground on Boxing Day, there are extremely limited services operating on National Rail into London on this day. Also, normal parking restrictions close to the stadium still apply. This would have caused severe disruption, or at worst, inability for supporters or matchday employees and workers to get to Emirates Stadium."

- Arsenal Football Club, December 19, 2012 

The same issue arose last season and the Gunners were forced to push their fixture with Wolves back one day. 

However, the rescheduling of the West Ham fixture will not occur the day after Boxing Day, it will be played on two at the end of January.

If the two clubs are eliminated from the FA Cup in the third round fixtures on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, then the match will be played on Saturday, Jan. 26.

If one or both of the clubs advance to the fourth round of the prestigious cup competition, the match will be rescheduled to be played on Wednesday, Jan. 23. 

The postponement of the match will give both the Gunners and Hammers a valuable rest during the busy holiday fixture list, where every club in the EPL were scheduled to play four league matches and one FA Cup match in a two-week period. 

 

Is Arsenal doing the right thing by postponing their Boxing Day fixture with West Ham?

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