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Planned tube strike forces postponement of Arsenal v West Ham clash at Emirates Stadium on Stephen's Day

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 14:14 | Comments

Both Arsenal and West Ham will now have a lesser work load over the holiday period
Both Arsenal and West Ham will now have a lesser work load over the holiday period

Arsenal have confirmed that their Premier League clash with London rivals West Ham on St Stephen's Day has been postponed due to the proposed industrial action on the tube.

London Underground drivers are to stage three strikes in a row over Bank Holiday pay, with the first scheduled for 26 December.

The move by members of the union Aslef threatens travel chaos in the capital and the Gunners have decided to call off the clash at Emirates Stadium, with both clubs' fans in mind.

A club statement read: "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." 

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