Should Arsenal oppose Christmas Eve fixture with Liverpool?

Arsenal have been asked if they would be able to support a fixture move for their clash with Liverpool, moving the date from Saturday 23 December to the following day.

The Reds supporters group Spirit of Shankly have already released a statement opposing the proposed move, which they claim would leave many fans struggling to return to their homes until the early hours of Christmas Day with limited means of public transport paired with the usual rush of people doing their last minute Christmas preparations in London also overloading the available means of travel.

SOS released a statement stating: “It is our understanding that Arsenal have been asked if they can staff such a fixture and the Metropolitan Police have been approached for their view.

“Changing the date to Christmas Eve would have untold impact on staff and supporters, particularly away fans. Depending on kickoff time, and depleted public transport links, the majority of travelling Liverpool supporters would not get home until the early hours of Christmas morning.

“SOS are contacting relevant personnel to put forward our case that it is completely unacceptable to expect fans to travel for a match at this time.”

Sky are yet to release their choices for the busy festive schedule as of yet, but have clearly asked if it would be possible to have the crunch clash between our side and Liverpool.

As home fans we would have much less cause to complain about such a fixture move, although they do sometimes like to put on the odd evening match over the festive period, although this would surely not be one of those occasions!

Should we work with Liverpool to oppose the proposed fixture change?


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  1. sniper says:

    OT Aguero broke his two ribs and Mendy got a serious knee injury Mendy will be out for 9 months and aguero for at least two months after a car accident in Amsterdam, that’s curse of overspending playing fringe players in eurpa is blessing in disguise as we avoid injuries to key players thatsy big blow to city quick recovery

    1. Tas says:

      City will be coming hard to bag Sanchez early January signing it could be good news for Arsenal to cash in on Sanchez who will be a free agent in the summer but we will have to do without our best player for the rest of the year

      Aguero is a great player I wish him speedy recovery, his injury will help Man-U and Chelsea for the top spot,

      his injury could be bad news for us because our aim is for Tothenham, Chelsea and Liverpool to drop points against City to give us a chance to make top four, it just got harder without Aguero

      1. Sue says:

        Poor Aguero! If we don’t win the league I’d rather city did as I can’t stand chelsea, united & the spuds

  2. Fresh from winning the bundesliga Bayern fire Ancelotti…at Arsenal ,however, fresh from not winning the league for 13 years Wenger is rewarded with a new 2 year contract. Incredible really!

    1. Vlad says:

      And this has what exactly to do with the original post?

  3. stubill says:

    Although I love the idea of Liverpool fans being stranded in London, on Christmas Eve after missing the last train home, the idea of playing a football match on a day where you should be with your family is ridiculous.

    Yet more proof that football is run by TV and agents these days, with money being their only goal.

    I’m starting to take an interest in my local National League team more and more, the guys playing play because they love playing, not constantly looking for more and more money to add the their already obscene salaries.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting sick money ruining the professional game.

    1. Declan says:

      I agree with you @stubill, absolutely rediculous for Sky to want the game played at 4pm Christmas Eve. I hope both teams protest to the highest level.
      BTW the first 4 posters completely ignored the article without even a reference to it so they could just talk about other teams. Very disrespectful to the writer.
      Peace and Love ??

      1. Admin says:

        I agree Declan. I need to stop this hijacking of posts. Let’s stick to the subject please boys….

  4. Vlad says:

    You do realize that the next game after that is on Tuesday, December 26th, right? Which means that if they move the game from 23rd to 24th, it’ll leave us with only 1 day to recover. That’s crazy. So I’d rather the game been played on Saturday.

  5. Ozziegunner@Newcastle upon Hunter says:

    Let’s show some Arsenal class and support SOS. I’m sure we’d appreciate Liverpool’s support if the situation was reversed.

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