Arsenal are looking into moving their fourth-round FA Youth Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates Stadium, due to security concerns at Boreham Wood.
Twitter user AFC Fixture News, who is generally reliable for this sort of information, writes that the club are considering relocating the fixture after Tottenham overcame Millwall to set up the clash.
The problem with Boreham Wood is that it’s not really set up to deal with a North London derby. I went along to the third round match between Arsenal and Northampton Town, and I was completely surrounded by Northampton supporters due to the lack of segregated seating.
That’s not a big problem when it’s Northampton Town, but it could end up causing trouble with a rivalry like Arsenal and Tottenham’s.
The u23 North London derby in August certainly showcased how worked up the two sets of fans can get, even over a youth game. The passion in the stands ended up spilling onto the pitch, as a brawl between players resulted in a Spurs man being sent off.
All in all, it’s probably best if the game is moved to the Emirates, where they’re used to dealing with this kind of fixture.