Arsenal and Liverpool to face off on Christmas Eve

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Arsenal and Liverpool to face off on Christmas Eve

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that he would rather not have a match on Christmas Eve amid reports that his side's clash with Liverpool will be moved to that date.

Just to add to the confusion, The Star also state that the Premier League fixtures for December and January will be announced on Monday 16 October.

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 the impact such a move would have in terms of travel and staffing implications.

The proposal was met by fierce criticism in light of the difficulties of travelling to and from London on Christmas Eve.

However, as they also point out, Newcastle fans could still be messed about.

"FSF led 20 fan reps into meeting with PL CEO R Scudamore this morning".

The Premier League later confirmed Scudamore's promise to fans.

Sky had the chance to shift games to Christmas Eve in 2000 and 2006 but declined to do so, largely because back then it held exclusive rights to the English top-flight.

However, he refused to comment either way on matches being moved to Sunday 24 December with an earlier kick-off time.

No decision will be taken until next week but Sky Sports may decide to show one game at an earlier time slot.

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. More midweek & Bank Holiday games broadcast.

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