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Gary Neville forced to end dream of Tellytubby eco-home

Neville forced to end dream of 'Tellytubby eco-home' over fears of neighbour feud

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12:32 GMT, 23 December 2012

Gary Neville has been forced to ditch plans to build his dream underground home, through fears of causing neighbour feuds.

The England coach and Mail on Sunday columnist developed plans to build his five-bedroom, grass-covered house – compared to the make-believe Tellytubby land – over three years and was granted planning permission in September.

These have now been axed, following concerns voiced by local residents, but the ex-Manchester United defender said he’s shocked by the reaction.

Tellytubbies go bye-bye: Neville has squashed proposals for this home

Tellytubbies go bye-bye: Neville has squashed proposals for this home

'There was a lot of local displeasure around the house and it did shock me – how many people were against it and the wind turbine we planned,' he told The Sun.

Green-thinking Neville says he wants his family, wife Emma and daughters Molly and Sophie, to live in a futuristic pad which is completely fuelled by renewable energy.

He speaks proudly of the fact he owns a hybrid car and when he's not driving his Vauxhall Ampera, he takes the train.

The former England international also arranged a friendly between Manchester United and the greenest club in the country, Forest Green Rovers, which has installed an organic pitch and 180 solar panels at The New Lawn.

Room with a view: Artists impressions by of the underground eco mansion

Room with a view: Artists impressions by of the underground eco mansion

He bought the 8million estate near Bolton, seven years ago, and refuses to accept his eco-vision has been scuppered.

'So we are considering our options and what we do, but I can guarantee that the next house we live in will be all-electric.'

'It appears he even wants current Premier League stars to consider their carbon footprint. The vision of a football player is that he drives a Ferrari.

'But in the 20 years I spent driving into the Manchester United car park I can only remember two or three.'

Sign of the times: Neville made a Christmas hospital visit recently with England boss Roy Hodgson

Sign of the times: Neville made a Christmas hospital visit recently with England boss Roy Hodgson

Tube strike threatens to cause Boxing Day chaos for football fans

Arsenal clash with West Ham threatened after Tube drivers announce Boxing Day strike

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16:51 GMT, 17 December 2012

Arsenal are set to postpone their Boxing Day clash with West Ham until the new year after the proposed London Underground strike was confirmed by the Aslef union.

The club will not officially call off the encounter until the industrial action by Tube drivers is ratified by authorities but it appears likely it will be 2013 before Sam Allardyce brings his team to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal's 60,000-seater ground is five minutes' walk from Holloway Road station in north London, with Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park also close by. Many fans use the service to get to games so a suspension would cause chaos if the match went ahead.

Under threat: The Gunners clash with West Ham might be rescheduled

Under threat: The Gunners clash with West Ham might be rescheduled

Boxing Day games under threat

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Arsenal v West Ham

Fulham v Southampton

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Charlton v Ipswich

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Leyton Orient v Swindon

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Dagenham and Redbridge v Southend

A strike by Tube drivers last year
forced Arsenal to delay their Boxing Day match with Wolves by 24 hours
but they cannot do the same this year as they have a game against
Newcastle on December 29. Twelve months ago the club cited the 'duty of
care' they had to both sets of supporters and staff.

A midweek evening in January seems the likeliest date for re-staging but neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and the FA Cup are also factors to be considered.

QPR's match with West Brom will kick off at 3pm as planned after the club held a meeting this afternoon to discuss the matter.

Loftus Road is close to three Tube stations and fans are often reliant on the service but a statement on Ranger's website read: 'Supporters are advised to allow extra time for their journeys to and from Loftus Road.

'Buses will be running on the usual Sunday/Bank Holiday service on the day of the fixture, whilst parking in the borough will be free.

Christmas cheer Arsenal are facing a tricky festive period

Christmas cheer Arsenal are facing a tricky festive period

'Supporters who are unable to attend the fixture owing to the Tube strikes will be entitled to a full refund.'

Fulham will wait for official confirmation of the Tube strike before deciding if any action needs to be taken over their Boxing Day match with Southampton at Craven Cottage.

A club spokesman said: 'We are monitoring situation and putting contingency in place but remain fully committed to the game going ahead as scheduled.'

Fulham play Swansea three days later.

Charlton are the only Championship side hosting a Boxing Day fixture in the capital but it is understood their match with Ipswich should not be too badly disrupted and will go ahead. Most home fans travel in from Kent rather than central London.

Derailed: Fans will have find it difficult to get across the capital

Derailed: Fans will have find it difficult to get across the capital

The announcement by Aslef means
London Underground drivers are on course to walk out on Boxing Day, as
well as January 18 and 25 in a row over bank holiday pay. It will be the
third successive Christmas walkout by Tube drivers.

The
move was announced after Aslef members voted by 9-1 in favour of
strikes. A spokesman said: 'The ballot result shows the strength of
feeling that remains on this issue.'

Superstorm sandy: New York marathon still on

New York Marathon still on as NBA and NFL stand up to Superstorm Sandy

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10:52 GMT, 31 October 2012

The big hitters of American sport are refusing to be beaten by Superstorm Sandy with the NBA and NFL set to go ahead as planned over the next few days.

The New York marathon is also expected to take place on Sunday despite fears that many of the 50,000 runners will not be able to make it to the start at Staten Island.

Race against time: Runners need the Staten Island Ferry - but the terminal was forced to close

Race against time: Runners need the Staten Island Ferry – but the terminal was forced to close

It's back: The NBA returned this week and Brooklyn are set to face New York on Thursday night

It's back: The NBA returned this week and Brooklyn are set to face New York on Thursday night

The show must go on….

Fixtures on the east coast this week

NBA
31/10 – Philadelphia v Denver
1/11 – Brooklyn v New York
2/11 – New York v Miami
Boston v Milwaukee
Cleveland v Chicago
3/11 – Washington v Boston
Brooklyn v Toronto
4/11 – New York v Philadelphia

NFL
4/11 – New York Giants v Pittsburgh
Washington v Carolina
Cleveland v Baltimore

New York Marathon – Sunday, November 4

The subway is flooded and, along with most of the city's bridges and tunnels, was closed just five days before the 26.2-mile race through the five boroughs.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that the underground system may not be running by the weekend but New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said in a statement: 'The marathon has always been a special day for New Yorkers as a symbol of the vitality and resiliency of this city.

'We will keep all options open with regard to making any accommodations and adjustments necessary to race day and race weekend events.

'The city is rightfully focused on assessment, restoration and recovery.'

At least 22 people have been killed in New York with the total death toll hitting 50 as Sandy wrecked the Eastern Seaboard.

Hammered: Cars were left under water in the East Village as Superstorm Sandy devastated New York

Hammered: Cars were left under water in the East Village as Superstorm Sandy devastated New York

Flattened: Over 100 homes were lost as fire ripped through Breezy Point in Queens

Flattened: Over 100 homes were lost as fire ripped through Breezy Point in Queens

Ripped up: Trees came crashing down all over the Big Apple as Sandy hit the region hard

Ripped up: Trees came crashing down all over the Big Apple as Sandy hit the region hard

As the clean-up begins, the cost is expected to hit $50bn while President Obama described the storm as a 'major disaster'.

Almost 20,000 international runners hope to take part in Sunday's marathon and JFK Airport was due to reopen on Wednesday. It is unknown at this stage when LaGuardia and Newark would be back in business.

Runners who can't get to New York should have until Saturday instead of Wednesday to withdraw from the race and reserve a spot in the 2013 marathon. But they won't get a refund and will have to pay again next year.

Race organizers were expected to reschedule the elite runners' flights to get them in on time.

In basketball, the Nets play the first match at their new Brooklyn home against the Knicks on Thursday evening while the New York Giants entertain NFL rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Bring it on: The Giants are due to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday

Bring it on: The Giants are due to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday

Baltimore Ravens had their training disrupted as they were forced to run off a generator after losing power but the Giants, Buffalo, Cleveland, Phildelphia and New England reported no damage despite the east coast of the country taking a battering.

Next year's US PGA Championship has also been hit as Oakhill Country Club in Pittsford, New York has lost several trees.

Tom Maynard death gave Surrey deep wound – Chris Adams

Maynard death gave Surrey deep wound… but we'll make Tom proud, says Adams

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14:21 GMT, 11 July 2012

Surrey team director Chris Adams has spoken of his pride at the way his side have come together in the aftermath of Tom Maynard's death and described the late batsman as the club's 'permanent 12th man'.

The highly-rated 23-year-old died last month after being hit by a London Underground train in the early hours of the morning, shocking the cricketing world.

Maynard was one of the most popular figures in a closely-knit Surrey dressing room and his two best friends, Brown Caps skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown and England seamer Jade Dernbach have taken time away from the game to grieve.

Tragedy: Tom Maynard died last month after being hit by a Tube train

Tragedy: Tom Maynard died last month after being hit by a Tube train

But for Adams, the stark reality was that the county were in the middle of a packed Friends Life t20 schedule and would have to consider a return to action while the news was still raw.

As it was, they postponed just one game before taking on Essex only four days after Maynard's death.

Adams admits it was an emotionally draining experience but has been left in awe of his young side's strength and ability to return to their sport in Maynard's name.

'When something like this happens, there aren't really any books to help you. Every situation, every team, every player is unique in their own right,' he said.

'But the one constant that exists in our lives at the moment is cricket. In quite a brutal way, things don't stop… life goes on.

'The way everybody at this club has handled that has left me nothing short of proud.

'There is a deep wound in this side, we know that, and it will take time to mend. But these players will come through it stronger. The memories will stay but they will be tougher for this experience.

Shock: The talented batsman's death left his Surrey team-mates stunned

Shock: The talented batsman's death left his Surrey team-mates stunned

'Tom died on the Monday and by Thursday I had to get my head around the idea of the team playing cricket again the next day.

'You can't plan for that. You can't plan for the day you win the toss, choose to bat and have both opening batsmen breaking down in tears after a minute's silence.

'That is when you draw on your courage. To a man, every one of us was in tears and we were about to start a Twenty20 game. The essence of that moment told me how brave and courageous this team was.

'It makes them tighter as a unit and helps us all to realise how precious life is.'

Maynard was renowned as one of the brightest batting talents in the domestic game, and had already been selected for England Lions duty.

There seems to be little doubt that he would have gone on to follow his father Matthew in being selected for full international honours, but Adams believes his influence on Surrey's future goes far beyond any runs he might have contributed.

Instead, he predicts Maynard's character and attitude will serve as a lasting inspiration to his former team-mates.

'Tom was a huge member of this team, both as a cricket and as a person, but perhaps more as a person. He was loved by everyone,' said Adams.

Life goes on: Surrey were back in action just four days after Maynard's death

Life goes on: Surrey were back in action just four days after Maynard's death

'You cannot begin to quantify the loss of his personality in the dressing room. When he opened his mouth, a negative word never came out. It sometimes it isn't clear how much impact someone like that has until they're not there. But there are people here who want to do twice as much to recover that.

'We can take that positivity and grasp it for our team. I wouldn't say we're through anything yet, people are still hurting, but it is time to do our day job and make Tom proud of us for that because it's what he would have done.'

In what has undoubtedly been one of the darker moments for the English game – and the most challenging of Adams' career – the 42-year-old has still found some reason for cheer, notably in the overwhelming reaction to Maynard's death.

'The most humbling factor, the one that fills me with hope, is that you're not aware until something like this how strong the community of cricket is,' Adams continued.

'The messages of support from all counties and from overseas has been just amazing.

'The number of people who contacted us and who came to the funeral is testament not only to what an amazing family the Maynards are but also what an amazing family the cricket is and it makes me proud to be part of it.'

Tom Maynard funeral attended by cricket stars

Farewell Tom: Stars of cricket pay respects at funeral of Maynard

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14:27 GMT, 4 July 2012

Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flintoff were among the great and the good of cricket who paid their respects as Tom Maynard was laid to rest in his home city of Cardiff.

The 23-year-old Surrey batsman died on June 18 after being hit by a London Underground train, and a congregation of around 900 attended his funeral at Llandaff Cathedral.

Alongside Maynard's father Matthew, mother Sue and sister Ceri were figures from the sporting world including England captain Strauss and former internationals Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Mike Gatting and Alec Stewart.

Goodbye: The hearse carrying the coffin of Tom Maynard leaves Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff

Goodbye: The hearse carrying the coffin of Tom Maynard leaves Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff

Wales rugby great Gareth Edwards was also in attendance, as was England international Danny Cipriani, while Maynard's Surrey team-mates, with Kevin Pietersen among them, and former Glamorgan colleagues also paid their respects.

Strauss said: 'I first saw Tom when he was a teenager when Matthew was batting coach of England. He had grown up so well since then and was forging a name for himself in the game of cricket.

'I suppose that's part of what makes it so tragic he is no longer with us. I obviously feel so much for Matthew, Sue and the family to have to go through this.

'But I think today is as much about celebrating Tom and what he achieved as it is saying goodbye. It's obviously a very tough day for everyone who knew him, no more so than for members of his family.'

The England and Wales Cricket Board were represented by managing director Hugh Morris and chief executive David Collier, with former Glamorgan captain Morris delivering a glowing eulogy to a player who was tipped to represent his country in the near future.

Respects: Kevin Pietersen was among the group of England internationals to attend

Respects: Kevin Pietersen was among the group of England internationals to attend

Morris said: 'The presence of so many members of the cricket community tells me Tom was not only a player blessed with extraordinary talent, but somebody whose sense of fun and enjoyment made him a hugely popular figure within our game.

'No-one will feel a greater sense of loss today than Matt, Sue, Ceri and family, and I know that many of you within the wider cricketing family will feel you have lost a treasured friend and team-mate; someone who enlivened the dressing room or lit-up any social occasion with warmth and good humour.

'What saddens me so much is that we have not only lost a hugely popular and colourful character, but one of our most exciting and explosive young batsmen. A player who could make the game look deceptively easy, a player who was surely destined for the highest reaches of the game, and a player, whose authority and elegance at the crease reminded so many of his father.'

Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace also delivered a eulogy while former X-Factor contestant Lucie Jones, who like Maynard hails from the village of Pentyrch, sang two songs during the service.

Friends: Andrew Flintoff and comedian Jack Whitehall arrive for the funeral

Friends: Andrew Flintoff and comedian Jack Whitehall arrive for the funeral

Maynard had long been regarded as one of English cricket's bright young talents, having scored 71 runs from 75 balls when making his Glamorgan debut at the age of just 17.

He moved to Surrey in 2011 and toured Bangladesh with the England Lions last winter. His Surrey and Glamorgan team-mates have been hit hard by his death, and Maynard's flatmate and Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown, who was a pallbearer at the funeral, is to take an indefinite break from the game.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner's Court – with Dr Shirley Radcliffe saying 'extensive investigations' were continuing.

Celebration: The Order of Service for Maynard's funeral

Celebration: The Order of Service for Maynard's funeral

Talent: Maynard was rated highly as a future England international before his tragic death

Talent: Maynard was rated highly as a future England international before his tragic death

Roberto di Matteo the miracle worker! How Chelsea boss forced Roman Abramovich"s hand

Di Matteo the miracle worker! How Chelsea boss forced Abramovich's hand

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21:22 GMT, 28 April 2012

The Andre Villas-Boas regime at Chelsea ended with arguments and confrontations.

Roberto di Matteo's began with a team
meeting. Nothing could better illustrate the respective approaches of
the two young managers to Chelsea's season and the vastly different
responses they have elicited from their players.

For Di Matteo, whose first act as
manager was to bring the squad together in a team meeting to make a pact
until the end of the season to help each other, this has been an
extraordinary three months.

One of the boys: Chelsea manager Robert Di Matteo

One of the boys: Chelsea manager Robert Di Matteo

On Tuesday night, having masterminded the epic victory over the team widely regarded as the world's best, he disappeared alone along one of the underground tunnels in the Nou Camp stadium and up into the city above.

It was just 20 minutes after an epic win and the world was clamouring to congratulate him but Di Matteo took the time out to seek a quiet spot with mobile reception and speak to his family. 'I needed a few minutes on my own, just to calm down a little bit,' he said.

Those who know him well might suggest that he also took time to have a crafty cigarette – but he insisted not. 'Smoking is not healthy,' he said, with the hint of a smile.

If still wary, Di Matteo has been noticeably lighter and more assured since the Barcelona win. It is understood that he spoke with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich on Thursday and it is likely that he has been told that his ability to unite the dressing room and his tactical acumen have put him in pole position to manage the side next season.

The alternatives, Joachim Loew and Laurent Blanc, are now battling against the man in possession, while Pep Guardiola is expected to stick to his resolve to take a sabbatical after quitting Barcelona.

Open to question: The new-look Di Matteo

Open to question: The new-look Di Matteo

So what has changed in Di Matteo, a manager who seemed to struggle to communicate when West Bromwich won just three in 18 games last season and was sacked with his side sliding to relegation

'Arrogant and aloof' were words often used to describe him. But at Chelsea in the last three months he has been anything but as he has led the club to the finals of both the Champions League and FA Cup.

Where Villas-Boas irked the players with his schoolmasterly tone, which was particularly hard to take from a 33-year-old who had never played the game, Di Matteo has been consensual.

If Villas-Boas was in the vicinity of a throwin, he would approach the player and instruct him where to pass. Such micro management infuriated. Di Matteo, by contrast, was relaxed when John Terry issued instructions from the bench in extra time against Napoli.

Where his predecessor was obsessed with copying Barcelona, Di Matteo has been expedient and, ironically, finished off not just the Catalans' Champions League campaign but also saw off Guardiola, Villas-Boas's ultimate role model.

Asked about Di Matteo's tactical changes this week, Branislav Ivanovic emphasised the lack of ideology. 'He doesn't try to put out a team with one strategy,' said Ivanovic. 'He does the opposite. If a player has a quality, he tries to show this quality on the pitch. The first couple of games when he started to be our coach was important to him and to us as well. We started to play trying to win. It doesn't matter how or which way.'

Happy days: Di Matteo celebrates in the Nou Camp

Happy days: Di Matteo celebrates in the Nou Camp

Indeed, those early games against Birmingham, Stoke and Napoli were crucial. Though many players would like him to get the job next season, he was not received with universal acclaim at first. After all he was tarnished by association with the old regime. To his credit, he had not distanced himself from Villas-Boas as tensions grew with the squad but had appeared supportive.

Yet, when given the chance to take over, everything changed. Suddenly, players felt they were not being treated like naughty schoolchildren but as adults; tactics which were previously imposed are now discussed as a team; and communication, which was cursory and confrontational, is now conciliatory.

Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard were summoned to see Villas-Boas just hours before the Champions League game in Naples to be told they were not playing. The only problem was that Villas-Boas had not communicated one-to-one with Lampard for three months before that, so the meeting ended in acrimony, as did Cole's. Di Matteo has left out senior players without rancour because, when they have been excluded, the long-term strategy was explained to them.

Salomon Kalou is a prime example of Di Matteo's man-management. Out of contract in the summer and virtually discarded by Villas-Boas, he has been used to great effect as a wide player with defensive responsibilities, both as a substitute and starting in important games against Benfica and the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.

Now he is likely to start the Champions League final. 'We have to give credit to Robbie,' said Kalou. 'You can see that he brought something new. He brought everyone together, not excluding any player. He gave a chance to everyone.'

Kalou has become a model team player. He cheerfully acknowledges the Champions League final might be his last game for the club but there is no bitterness. 'If it is my last game, it'd be nice to win,' he said. 'I've been at the club six years and the Champions League is the only thing I haven't won. I hope to have it on my CV!'

Way to go: Di Matteo outfoxed Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola

Way to go: Di Matteo outfoxed Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola

Petr Cech rated Tuesday night's performance as the greatest in his time at the club. 'I don't think you can find in the history of the game a team who were 2-0 down, lost two central defenders and were down to 10 men against the best team in the world, yet managed to play that confidently,' he said.

Yet questions remain about Di Matteo and Chelsea beyond this week's euphoria, and one is addressed by Ivanovic: 'For us, what happened last week is one of the biggest and most successful weeks in our careers. But we still haven't done anything big yet.'

Indeed, lose the FA Cup final, finish fifth and lose in Munich, and they will not be recording this season in the Chelsea annals.

Equally, there is the future to address. Di Matteo will have to prove he can inspire players over an entire season and not just as a short-term antidote to an unpopular manager.

Then there is the question as to whether Chelsea have actually made progress this season. In August it was more or less agreed among the directors that the players, style and tactics should change to emulate Barca.

Now, Chelsea have reverted to a direct, counter-attacking team and, against Barcelona, an ultra-defensive one. Nothing wrong with that; it just is not Abramovich's vision for the club. Having been threatened with extinction, the squad have fought back. 'The question of rebuilding is coming from outside,' said Ivanovic.

'Maybe I can't tell you, because I'm inside and I'm with the guys every day but I think we can play another three or four years at the same level, because you are getting more experience. You are getting closer and closer, so it means stronger and stronger. Yes, it's good when you refresh the team with some new guys. But I think the basis of the squad is very good.'

Change, it seems, is coming, with German winger Marko Marin signing yesterday for 7million. So, will a new cultural revolution be required next season

'That's something for the people at the club to decide, not for me,' said Di Matteo. 'I'm confident the directors will make the right decision. I have faith in the club.'

Will they have faith in him Win in Munich and they surely will.

Arsenal must seize top four spot, says Arsene Wenger

Wenger demands festive cheer as he tells his team to start 2012 in the top four

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged his team to gain a stranglehold in the top four during a run of winter games which he admits could define the club”s season.

The Gunners seemed destined for a poor campaign when they won just one of their opening five matches, but the squad rallied behind under-fire boss Wenger to drag the team back up the table with a seven-match unbeaten run.

That sequence only came to an end last week with a 1-0 defeat at Manchester City, where Wenger was furious to see Robin van Persie”s second-half goal disallowed for offside.

Festive cheer: Arsene Wenger has seen his team turn their worst start in almost 60 years around

Festive cheer: Arsene Wenger has seen his team turn their worst start in almost 60 years around

The festive period proved fruitful for the Gunners last term as they beat Chelsea and drew with City, and this year, having climbed to fifth place, they face much easier opponents in the form of Wolves, QPR and Fulham.

Nevertheless, Wenger knows a slip-up could cost Arsenal dearly as they are just two points ahead of sixth-place Liverpool and he has urged his team to retain their focus for the rest of the festive campaign.

“We know we have an opportunity to gain a better position on the table. It”s down to us to do our job,” Wenger said. “In the Premier League the Christmas period is vital to get your points.

“We have responded well to our defeat at Man City with a win at Aston Villa, so now it”s down to us to do the job at home and get the points against Wolves on Tuesday. Every game has its own difficulty so what is important for us is to focus on our own game and perform well.

In the hunt: The Gunners have lost just once in the Premier League since October

In the hunt: The Gunners have lost just once in the Premier League since October

“In the Premier League if you don”t focus then you don”t win, so let”s focus on our next game and try to win it.

“We have learned that you win only if you are at your best. That”s the difficult, to combine the Christmas period with focus.”

A London Underground strike has caused the Gunners to put the game against Mick McCarthy”s team back by 24 hours.

That means the Arsenal players will have Christmas Day off, but Wenger has warned his squad that they will face a tough task when they return to action at the Emirates Stadium two days later.

McCarthy came under fire as Wolves started slowly and the midlands outfit sit just one point above the drop zone having taken one point from their last two games against Norwich and Stoke.

Despite his team”s superiority, Wenger is expecting a tough game, however.

“Wolves are a side that plays good football,” Wenger said. “They always look dangerous going forward and they make it tough for everybody. They have the Mick McCarthy spirit and attitude, they never give up.

“They play a very positive game so we know what to expect. They fight to stay in the league and you know it is always an intense game against them. They are dangerous, of course, they make life difficult for everybody.”

Wenger is facing a selection dilemma in defence for Tuesday”s game after Kieran Gibbs joined the club”s lengthy injury list last week.

The 22-year-old was expected to be back before the end of the year but had to undergo a second operation on a stomach problem that initially emerged back in October.

Wenger is already without Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson and Andre Santos, which means one or both of Thomas Vermaelen or Laurent Koscielny could be asked to fill in at full-back again.

Francis Coquelin played at right-back against Aston Villa last week and Johan Djourou is another possible inclusion, with the Swiss making good progress from the groin strain he suffered against Manchester City.

Arsenal v Wolves rescheduled 27 December

Arsenal reschedule Boxing Day clash with Wolves due to Tube strikes

Arsenal have confirmed that their Boxing Day clash with Wovles has been put back 24 hours due a proposed Tube strike.

The match will now be played on Tuesday, December 27 at 3pm.

Chelsea”s match against Fulham was also under threat but the Stamford Bridge club decided against rescheduling.

No go: Arsenal have put their clash with Wolves back 24 hours

No go: Arsenal have put their clash with Wolves back 24 hours

Arsenal have made the decision despite an ongoing legal action to the strike, the result of which has yet to be announced.

A High Court judge was expected to decide on Thursday whether to halt the planned Boxing Day strike by drivers embroiled in a pay row.

London Underground bosses asked Mr Justice Eder to stop industrial action, during a High Court hearing in London on Wednesday.

A statement regarding the match postponement from Arsenal read: “This decision has had to be made now, before the result of the legal challenge to the proposed industrial action is finally known, due to the preparation period needed to safely operate Emirates Stadium by all the relevant agencies.

“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 FA Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Islington Council.

Off: Arsenal took the decision despite a legal challenge to the strike

Off: Arsenal took the decision despite a legal challenge to the strike

“The paramount concern was always theduty of care towards the Arsenal supporters, Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters, matchday employees, workers and indeed everyone who was planning to attend the match on Boxing Day.

“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 Londonon 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.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused supporters, but we feel that the right decision hasbeen made based on a duty of care.

“All tickets purchased for this match are still valid for Tuesday, December 27.”

Derby day: Michael Essien (left) celebrates scoring against Fulham last season

Derby day: Michael Essien (left) celebrates scoring against Fulham last season

The West London derby between Chelsea and Fulham will go ahead on Boxing Day after Stamford Bridge bosses decided fans will be able to get to the ground.

A statement from the club read: “Due to the increased difficulty in getting to Stamford Bridge because of the Tube strike we wanted to give fans as much notice as possible that the game will go ahead as scheduled.

“Buses will be operating a Sunday service throughout London and parking is free in resident/business permit and pay-and-display bays to the south of Hammersmith and Fulham Borough and in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.”

Football League matches in and around London will also be going ahead with the Championship matches between Watford and Cardiff City and Millwall and Portsmouth taking place.

Leyton Orient”s match with MK Dons and Brentford”s clash against Bournemouth in League One as well as the League Two fixtures between Wimbledon and Oxford United and Dagenham & Redbridge and Barnet will also be played.

Tube strikes threaten Arsenal and Chelsea Boxing Day games

Tube strike set to cause travel chaos for Arsenal and Chelsea fixtures on Boxing Day

Tube strikes in London could put some of the Capital”s festive fixtures under threat with Arsenal and Chelsea both affected by the planned walk out.

Arsenal play Wolves at a sold-out Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day while the west London derby between Chelsea and Fulham is due to take place at Stamford Bridge on the same day.

But tube drivers have planned a 24-hour walkout on Boxing Day and on three other days over the next month, and the club said in a statement on the Arsenal website said: “We would like to make all supporters aware of the situation surrounding our proposed home match against Wolves on Monday 26th December.

Travel chaos: Fans face difficulty getting to The Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day

Travel chaos: Fans face difficulty getting to The Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day

“The club is fully aware of the proposed industrial action on London Underground on Monday 26th December.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, together with all the relevant agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, London Underground, the FA Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Islington Council.

“The paramount concern to Arsenal Football Club is the duty of care we have towards the Arsenal supporters, Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters, matchday employees and indeed everyone who is planning to attend this match.

On Strike: Tube drivers have planned a 24 hour walkout for Boxing Day

On Strike: Tube drivers have planned a 24 hour walkout for Boxing Day

“Any decisions or developments regarding this match will be immediately communicated on Arsenal.com.”

The 2,200 members of trade union Aslef agreed to strike on Boxing Day, January 16, February 3 and 13 in a ballot last week.

That decision is being challenged by London mayor Boris Johnson in the high court and there is hope that an agreement can be reached to prevent the strike.

Under threat The Boxing Day fixture between Chelsea and Fulham will be affected by the strike

Under threat The Boxing Day fixture between Chelsea and Fulham will be affected by the strike

It is understood that Arsenal could put their fixture back by 24 hours if the planned strike goes ahead.

And Stamford Bridge officials are also monitoring the situation.