Arsenal confirms match is in doubt

Arsenal
have confirmed their Boxing Day fixture with
West
Ham
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 by members of the union Aslef threatens travel chaos in
the capital 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
statement on the club’s website read.

“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.”

It is one of three
Premier
League
matches in London slated for Boxing Day, with the other
two still going ahead as planned.

QPR
have reiterated on Tuesday afternoon that their match with
West
Brom
is “definitely going ahead”, while
Fulham
insist they have no plans to cancel their match with
Southampton.

There are also a number of London clubs hosting Boxing Day
matches in the Football League.

Charlton have confirmed they are “monitoring the situation”
ahead of their npower Championship clash with Ipswich but “can’t
see there being any problems”.

Leyton Orient say their League One encounter with Swindon will
be “going ahead as planned” despite the potential disruptions.

AFC Wimbledon are not expecting any impact to their League Two
match against Northampton as the nearest stations to their
Kingsmeadow home are mainline.

Dagenham and Redbridge, who host Southend, are another expecting
their Boxing Day match to go ahead.

“At this moment in time there is no question of the game being
called off,” the club told Press Association Sport.

“We are playing Southend and there is a mainline direct to
Barking so they should not be disrupted.”

The tube strike was announced on Monday as Aslef members voted
by 9-1 in favour of strikes in a long-running row over extra pay
for working on Bank Holidays.

They are due to walk out for 24 hours on December 26, and again
on January 18 and 25.