Premier League action will resume on Boxing Day following the break for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Arsenal are set for a London derby against West Ham on Boxing Day with the Premier League scheduling kick-off for 8pm.
The Gunners are set to play three games in the space of nine days over the festive period, starting with a clash against the Hammers at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, December 26. Mikel Arteta’s side have enjoyed a brilliant start to the 2022/23 season and currently sit top of the Premier League table by two points.
Arsenal dropped points against Southampton at the weekend as reigning champions Manchester City closed to gap after their win against Brighton. The World Cup in Qatar is just weeks away with club football set to be suspended for a month, with Premier League football set to resume the day after Christmas.
The festive period is one of the busiest times of year with huge pressures on transport as football fans look to travel home and away to watch their clubs in action during a packed fixture schedule. Arsenal fans are clearly not happy with the Premier League’s decision to schedule the clash against West Ham for an 8pm kick-off time at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day, leaving many questioning how the decision was approved by the governing body.
Sportupdatehub has put together a summary of the overall reaction from fans on social media below:
One user posted on Twitter: “That’s a shame. Wanted to take my lad to his first arsenal game over xmas. 8pm kick-offs too late for him.”
Another wrote: “Good luck traveling by trains for those who travel.”
@Skeymoh responded to the news by posting: “This is nonsense!”
Another fan wrote: “Horrible fixture congestion.”
It’s clear that fans are not happy with the Premier League’s decision to schedule Arsenal vs West Ham for a late kick-off on Boxing Day, with many questioning how they will be able to travel to the match.