As a result of the industrial action on London Underground on Monday 26th December, our home Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, originally planned for Boxing Day, has been postponed.
Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers will now take place 24 hours later on Tuesday 27th December, a public holiday, kick-off 3pm at Emirates Stadium.
The decision was actually made before the result of the legal challenge to the proposed industrial action was known, due to the preparation period needed to safely operate Emirates Stadium by all the relevant agencies, but we now know that the right decision was made.
The Club liaised closely with all the relevant agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, London Underground, The Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Islington Council to make the decision.
The paramount concern was always the duty of care towards the Arsenal supporters, Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters, Matchday employees and workers and indeed everyone who was planning to attend the match on Boxing Day.
In addition to the industrial action on London Underground on Boxing Day, there are no services operating on overground train services 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 staff and workers to get to Emirates Stadium.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused supporters but we feel that the right decision was made based on a duty of care.
All tickets purchased for this match are still valid for Tuesday 27th December.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 22 Dec 2011