Arsenal have rearranged their Boxing Day match against Wolves for December 27th because of possible strike action on the tubes.
What a joke decision.
For starters, there’s no question that a tube and overground strike would be inconvenient for anybody travelling to the match by public transport. But do you know what’s even more inconvenient than that Arsenal? When somebody gives you 96 hours notice before rearranging a date at the busiest time of the year.
I, like many others I’m sure, already have plans for December 27th. I have a family function which was planned around Arsenal’s fixtures and to not attend now at such late notice is not an option.
Arsenal gave these reasons as to how they came to their brilliant decision:
“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. Also, normal parking restrictions close to the stadium would have still applied. This would have caused severe disruption, or at worst, inability for supporters or Matchday employees and workers to get to Emirates Stadium.”
But Boxing Day is a public holiday, so the red line parking restrictions aren’t in force. Also, the roads will be empty as anybody who’s driven to a Boxing Day match before will tell you. Most people stay at home to sleep off some turkey leaving the roads clear. With the strike there will be a few more cars on the road and we might have to park a bit further away from the ground (meaning leaving half an hour earlier than usual) but surely this is less disruptive than moving the game? And don’t forget buses will be running.
The statement went on to say:
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 Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Islington Council.
What about the fucking supporters? Ever thought of consulting us?
Interestingly, Chelsea also have a home game that day and have taken the sensible decision of allowing the match to go ahead as planned, realising that to move it completely would be even more inconvenient.
Especially as the strike isn’t even definite and may not go ahead anyway.
Chelsea’s statement recognised that supporters had this date in their diaries for ages and will have planned around it:
“We are conscious there were existing and publicised travel restrictions on this day and that many supporters will have made long-standing plans to attend the match over this holiday period. Supporters are advised to monitor transport websites and to allow plenty of time for their journeys.”
So now I have four tickets that will go to waste as my fellow season ticket holders and I will all be at the same family do on the 27th, crowded around a computer trying to watch the game on a stop-start stream. Will I get a refund from Arsenal for such a late postponement? Will I heck.
Thanks for nothing Arsenal. Merry fucking Christmas to you too.
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