Arsene Wenger speaks out against Christmas Eve fixture

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2017

I would prefer to be at home on Christmas night and celebrating.

The game is the most likely one that Sky Sports could ask the Premier League to push back from 23rd December to Christmas Eve, which falls on a Sunday, for the objective of a live broadcast.

There has not been a fixture on Christmas Eve for 22 years and the logistics of such scheduling immediately led to opposition from both Liverpool, Arsenal and supporters' groups concerned about travel and staffing implications.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he would rather not play on Christmas Eve amid speculation that his side's clash with Liverpool could be moved to December 24.

However, as they also point out, Newcastle fans could still be messed about. "The Premier League have made genuine efforts to meet our requirements".

However, Sky are still eager to show a match on December 24, and the prospect of a 12.30pm kickoff has not yet been ruled out.

Wenger admits he club's have to accept the decision, but has warned Sky Sports that there should be no kick-off before 2pm. The other games that could be moved to Christmas Eve are Manchester United's trip to Leicester and Chelsea's home game against Everton.

However, the former could be a logistical nightmare as Leicester Tigers are also scheduled to play at home and the two clubs cannot stage home games on the same day.

Leicester Tigers can not move their game because the match with Saracens is being broadcast live on BT Sport.

Only once in Premier League history has a game ever been played on Christmas Eve.

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