Tottenham Hotspur are planning on moving into a new stadium for the 2018/19 campaign.
Arsene Wenger says Tottenham Hotspur’s proposed new stadium will become Arsenal’s biggest challenge as the financial rewards will create a greater competitive nature between the two, the Daily Mail report.
Since moving into the Emirates, the Gunners have had to slowly pay back their debts, but over the past few years have reaped the rewards of extra finances with big-name purchases.
The likes of Petr Cech, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have arrived at the club over the past two seasons, the latter being a club record buy from La Liga giants Real Madrid.
While Tottenham haven’t quite brought in players of such magnitude, a new stadium will significantly boost their coffers and appeal, so that they can evenly compete with their North London rivals.
“It is the biggest challenge we face. It will be purely down to the technical quality of work,” Wenger said.
“After we moved into the new stadium we had less financial resources than them because we had to pay our debts back. That was always the case.”
“Now, maybe in the last two or three years we are in a stronger financial situation but that will not last because they build a new stadium as well.”
Tottenham have always been seen as an established top-flight club, yet a stadium to match their rivals will not only boost their finances in the long-term but also their appeal.
The Gunners have a distinct advantage of playing regularly in the Champions League, fighting for domestic honours, and thus attracting a better standard of player.
Could Spurs lure a player from Real Madrid or Barcelona to play for them? Arguably not now, but with a new stadium and hopes of Champions League football, it could soon become a possibility.