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NEXT MONTH’S North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham has been plunged into chaos due to rail strikes.

Commuters are in for even more travel misery as train drivers are set to strike again.

Train drivers at 12 rail companies are planning to walk out on October 1 and 5 amid a long-running dispute over pay.

Arsenal are due to host their neighbours the day the planned strikes starts at 12:30pm at the Emirates.

And that could mean that the Premier League, police and safety chiefs could be forced into moving the fixture.

Brighton’s clash with Crystal Palace has already been POSTPONED due to planned train strikes.

And it could cause further headaches for Gunners boss Mikel Arteta after last week’s home game with Everton and their Europa League match with PSV were rescheduled due to the death of The Queen.

The North London Derby may not be the only game at risk that weekend with other matches that require away supporters travelling long distances scheduled, such as Liverpool vs Brighton, Fulham vs Newcastle and Southampton vs Everton.

The news comes as members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association union (TSSA) are set to strike from midday on September 26 for 24 hours.

The decision, set to impact most of Britain’s rail network, is among latest action amid an ongoing dispute over pay, job security and conditions.

Alongside nine train operators, staff at Network Rail will also go on strike.

They are demanding the Government come back to the negotiating table to revise what union barons branded an “insulting” two per cent pay rise – rejected earlier in the summer.

Union members at TransPennine Express, West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, c2c and CrossCountry are set to strike.

East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, LNER and Southeastern will also be impacted by staff walkouts.

The RMT union, responsible for the strikes earlier this year, went on strike last month over pay disputes.

Those walk outs saw the nation’s rail networks thrown into chaos on August 18 and August 20 when around 40,000 staff hung up their uniforms – just weeks after strikes on July 27 and July 30.

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