The match will now be played on Tuesday, December 27 at 3pm, which means the Gunners will have an extremely hectic festive period with Premier League fixtures against Wolves, QPR and Fulham in the space of seven days.
Arsenal’s official website stated:
As a result of the industrial action on London Underground on Monday 26th December, our home Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, originally planned for Boxing Day, has been postponed.
Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers will now take place 24 hours later on Tuesday 27th December, a public holiday, kick-off 3pm at Emirates Stadium.
The decision was actually made before the result of the legal challenge to the proposed industrial action was known, due to the preparation period needed to safely operate Emirates Stadium by all the relevant agencies, but we now know that the right decision was made.
The Club liaised closely with all the relevant agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, London Underground, The Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Islington Council to make the decision.
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The paramount concern was always the duty of care towards the Arsenal supporters, Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters, Matchday employees and workers and indeed everyone who was planning to attend the match on Boxing Day.
In addition to the industrial action on London Underground on Boxing Day, there are no services operating on overground train services into London on this day. Also, normal parking restrictions close to the stadium still apply. This would have caused severe disruption, or at worst, inability for supporters or Matchday staff and workers to get to Emirates Stadium.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused supporters but we feel that the right decision was made based on a duty of care.
All tickets purchased for this match are still valid for Tuesday 27th December.
This is bad news for the Gunners whose first XI side has been the largely unchanged in recent weeks for the Premier League fixtures, and the likes of Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey may be rested for one of these fixtures at least.
But this should hopefully give fringe players such as Rosicky, Park and Oxlade-Chamberlain a chance to impress, especially with Chamakh and Gervinho set to depart for all of January for the African Nations Cup.