Arsene Wenger: Arsenal's future was at stake, and Tottenham face 'terrible' stress

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Arsenal boss warns Tottenham over stadium build.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has warned Tottenham they face a troublesome few years ahead.

Spurs are early on in a process to move out of White Hart Lane and move into a newly built stadium, but the plans still have several hitches to overcome before they come to fruition.

It is not expected the club will be playing at their new arena until 2018 at the earliest.

Arsenal know all about the transition, having left Highbury for The Emirates in 2006.

Wenger believes the financial management over the next few years will be extremely important for Spurs, along with balancing success on the pitch.

He is quoted by the BBC: "When we were in a position where we had to be in the Champions League just financially and you get into March/April and are like that (not in top four), the stress is terrible because you feel the future of the club is at stake and you have not a lot of margin (for error) - every point you lose can be dramatic."

How stressful Spurs find the experience depends on the financial forecasts, and what expectations are placed on the club on the pitch.

Spurs have failed to finish in the top four since 2012, and even then they missed out on Champions League football due to Chelsea winning the tournament, so budgeting dependent on reaching the competition would be too high stakes for the club to hoist upon themselves.

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