ARSENAL fans face a nightmare Monday night trip to Newcastle after the Premier League confirmed a date for the rescheduled North London Derby.
But the announcement has had a knock-on effect on Arsenal’s away clash at Newcastle, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 15.
That game has now been pushed back and will be played a day later with an evening kick off, live on Sky Sports.
It means Gunners fans face the nightmare prospect of a 500-mile round trip on a Monday night.
There are unlikely to be trains departing for London after the full-time whistle, with the club said to be exploring options to subsidise fans.
Coaches being put on for season ticket holders are also claimed to be a possibility.
Fans, though, have been left fuming by the announcement, with travel back to London on the Monday night close to impossible.
One blasted on Twitter: “Fans being messed around by TV companies again, is it? They really don’t care about the ones who pay the money to go.”
Another added: “For f*** sake not another Monday night kick off.”
Meanwhile a spokesman for the Arsenal Supporters Trust told the Daily Mail: “Time and again we see matches moved at short notice to times that are just impossible for fans.
“Arsenal as a club claim the views of fans matter. They need to do more than talk and start acting.
“This means not voting raising their hands to vote through broadcast contracts that give a free hand to ignoring the needs of fans.
“It also means fully subsiding a decent travel option to get to a game when it is moved for TV and there is no public transport.”
Tottenham have also been affected, with their trip to Liverpool on May 7 moved from a 3pm kick off to 7.45pm, live on BT Sport.
And in a similar fashion to Arsenal fans returning home from Newcastle, Spurs supporters face a nightmare journey back to London from the North West.