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Arsenal put back Stephen’s Day clash with Wolves by 24 hours

ARSENAL have postponed their St Stephen’s Day league fixture with Wolves after threatened industrial action on London's Underground system.

They due to face Wolves as part of the traditional programme on December 26 but have now shunted the fixture back 24 hours as London braces for travel disruption from the strike.

Arsenal said the club had taken the decision after liaising with police and local authorities.

"We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused supporters, but we feel that the right decision has been made based on a duty of care," Arsenal said in a statement.

A High Court judge was expected to decide today whether to halt the planned strike by drivers embroiled in a pay row.

London Underground bosses asked Mr Justice Eder to stop industrial action, during a High Court hearing in London yesterday.

A statement regarding the match postponement from Arsenal read: "This decision has had to be made now, before the result of the legal challenge to the proposed industrial action is finally known, due to the preparation period needed to safely operate Emirates Stadium by all the relevant agencies.

"The club has been liaising closely in order to make this decision, with all the relevant agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, London Underground, the FA Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Islington Council.

"The paramount concern was always the duty of care towards the Arsenal supporters, Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters, matchday employees, workers and indeed everyone who was planning to attend the match.

"In addition to the proposed industrial action on London Underground on Boxing Day, there would also have been no services operating on overground train services into London on this day.’’