Wenger: Stadium moves could harm Spurs and Chelsea

Date published: Wednesday 11th November 2015 10:02

White Hart Lane: Tottenham could temporarily move home

Arsene Wenger believes Tottenham and Chelsea could disadvantage both their team and their fans if they temporarily move stadiums.

Tottenham and Chelsea are both exploring the possibility of relocating while their stadiums are redeveloped, with Milton Keynes and Wembley among the options for both clubs, but Wenger believes it could be a handicap for their London rivals.

Arsenal moved to Emirates Stadium from Highbury in 2006 and opted to play Champions League matches at Wembley between 1998-2000, but Wenger’s side won only two of their six matches at the national stadium.

Wenger said: “When you move into a new stadium, you have to feel at home.

“You have to feel that it is the right place for you. That is only created by the history that you build slowly through the games.

“I still think it’s a little bit of a disadvantage, even for the fans, they do not feel completely at home, and that can transmit to the players.

“That was a big problem for us.”

On Arsenal’s decision to play Champions League matches at Wembley for two seasons, Wenger added: “Looking back today, I say it was a handicap for us.

“In hindsight it was maybe a mistake to move to Wembley, but we had no real choice as UEFA did not accept us holding the games at Highbury.

“The players were comfortable at Highbury and the teams that visited us weren’t comfortable. Suddenly it was like we were playing games on a neutral ground, basically.”

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