Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal have not been approached regarding a ground-share deal by either Sp*rs or Chelsea, both of whom have redevelopment plans in the offing.
He also hinted strongly that the club would not sanction any such deal having worked so hard to build and finance the Emirates – the implication being that we’re not likely to make it any easier for London rivals as they try to do similar.
Sp*rs new stadium, which looks remarkably like a toilet, was recently announced to have 60,001 seats to give it a higher capacity than Arsenal, but the reality is when you take the 000s away, it makes 61 which is the last time they won the title. The 000s, of course, represent all the league titles and doubles they’ve won since then.
And also the number of times they stopped us winning the league at White Hart Lane. Meanwhile, Chelsea are hoping to add capacity for even more racists.
When asked about it at his press conference today, Wenger more or less ruled it out.
“We suffered a lot to build this stadium, we have to be very tight financially to pay it back,” he said. “I don’t feel it is in our plans to do it, we don’t need it and we have not been approached for it as well.
“Honestly it is a board decision, not my decision.”
The idea of it is, frankly, unthinkable. Of course the ‘board’ includes Stan Kroenke whose recent history shows he’d pretty much do anything with a team to make money, but this would surely be a step too far.
At least until he moves the Arsenal FC Soccer Franchise to Alberquerque.