‘You’ve won the lottery’ Arsene Wenger gives verdict on West Ham stadium move

PUBLISHED: 06:30 09 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:01 11 April 2016

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline at Barcelona

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline at Barcelona


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes West Ham have saved six years of development by securing their move to the Olympic Stadium.

The Gunners will travel to Upton Park for the final time tomorrow when they take on the Hammers in a crucial Premier League clash.

With Leicester 11 points ahead of them at the top of the table Arsenal need to take all three points away from the Boleyn Ground to maintain a realistic chance of winning the title.

West Ham are currently sixth in the Premier League and the club’s short- and long-term future is looking bright as they prepare to move to Stratford at the end of the season.

The club won the rights to play at the Olympic Stadium for the price of approximately £15m, and Wenger believes the Hammers have been fortunate to not have to build their own stadium from scratch as Arsenal did.

“I say well done, you have won the lottery and you do not have to sweat like I did for five years and fight for every pound,” Wenger said.

“They have made a good deal, they negotiated very well in a fight with Tottenham. For me it is similar to the Manchester City situation – Manchester City got a new stadium for £20million, basically. They have taken this opportunity very well.

“For me the first six years were very difficult financially. You think in April if you are not in the Champions League you are in trouble and that has been absolutely super difficult.”

With Spurs and Chelsea also planning moves to larger grounds, Wenger believes the Premier League will only become more competitve as more clubs benefit from the greater revenue.

“I think it will change and Tottenham will go the same way,” he said. “They will create a 60,000-seater and they will be followed by Chelsea as well. That gives more resources to everybody and that will make the league more difficult.”

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