Wenger makes his thoughts on West Ham’s stadium move known perfectly well

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West Ham United host Arsenal for the last time at the Boleyn Ground this weekend.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels West Ham United have won the lottery when asked to give his verdict on the East London club’s impending move to the Olympic Stadium, the Mirror report.

The Gunners will know all about stadium moves, having had to cut costs for a number of seasons as they made their way in to the £400 million Emirates Stadium from their previous home of Highbury.

West Ham, however, pipped Tottenham Hotspur in their bid to move into the Olympic Stadium at a one-off cost of just £15 million with a further £2.5 million to be paid on yearly basis in rent, as noted by BBC Sport.

When asked to give his verdict on the deal, Wenger feels the Hammers can count themselves extremely fortunate as he likened their situation to that of title challengers Manchester City.

“I say [to West Ham], 'Well done! You have won in the lottery, and you do not need to sweat like I did for long years, and fight for every pound,” Wenger told the Mirror.

“I could say that, for me, the first six years were very difficult financially. Going into April, thinking if you are not in the Champions League you are in trouble. That has been absolutely super-difficult.”

“For me, it is similar to the Man City situation — Man City got a new stadium for £20million, basically. Yes they don’t have to go through the pain. They have taken this opportunity and taken it very well.”

West Ham’s impending move in to the new Olympic Stadium couldn’t be better timed what with the Premier League posting record TV deals and the club itself achieving on-field success.

Slaven Bilic’s side head in to their clash with Arsenal just three points short of a Champions League spot.

If foreign players weren’t tempted enough to move to the Premier League with the financial benefits soaring through the roof, then playing in-front of 60,000 supporters will only add to West Ham’s appeal.

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