Wednesday 19 December 2012
Arsenal have announced that their Barclays Premier League contest against West Ham United on 26 December has been postponed.
The decision has been taken in the wake of confirmation of industrial action on the London Underground that day.
"We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused supporters"
The rearranged match will take place on Wednesday 23 January or Saturday 26 January, depending on the two clubs' results in the FA Cup third round which takes place on the first weekend of January.
"This decision has been made now, due to the preparation period needed to safely operate Emirates Stadium by all the relevant agencies," read a statement on Arsenal's official website.
"The Club liaised closely with all the relevant agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, London Underground, The Premier League, West Ham United FC and Islington Council, in order to reach this decision.
"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.
"We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused supporters but we feel that the right decision has been made."