Arsene Wenger responds to Tottenham and Chelsea groundshare rumours
PUBLISHED: 06:50 22 January 2016
2016 The Arsenal Football Club Plc
Arsene Wenger says he would not be interested in a temporary groundshare with Tottenham or Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.
Both Chelsea and Spurs are planning new 60,000-seater stadiums in the near future and each club has applied to move into Wembley for the 2017/18 season.
The Blues first bid £15m per year to play at the national team’s stadium for four years and Spurs have no matched that bid, setting up a potential groundshare situation.
Tottenham would be forced into playing at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes if they did not match Chelsea’s bid to play at Wembley from 2017.
Arsenal take on Chelsea on Sunday and in his pre-match press conference Gunners boss Wenger was asked if he would consider a groundshare with the club’s London rivals.
The Frenchman was not open to the idea but stressed that the decision was not down to him.
“Not really because we suffered a lot to build this stadium,” Wenger said.
“We had to be very tight financially to pay it back and I don’t feel that it is in our plans. We do not need it and we have not been approached. Honestly, it’s a board decision and not mine.