Arsenal can dominate after Spurs’ stadium move, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal can dominate after Spurs’ stadium move, says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can maintain their hold over Tottenham even after their rivals move into a new stadium.

Spurs have not finished above Arsenal during Wenger’s 20 years in the Premier League, blowing their best chance yet in the final two games of last season.

Mauricio Pochettino admitted in the run-up to Sunday’s derby that their springtime slump still rankles, but the Argentine also warned Spurs will struggle to keep pace financially with the Gunners while their new home is under construction.

The capacity for the new stadium has pointedly been set at 61,000 – 568 higher than the Emirates – but Wenger says the increase in matchday revenue from 2018 will not necessarily mean a role reversal in north London.

“No position is guaranteed,” he said. “It’s about doing our job, but at the end of the day everything is decided by
what happens on the pitch. That is what the size of a club is about, consistency at the top level.”

Asked outright if Spurs could become the bigger club, he said: “Look, I don’t think about Tottenham like that. I think about Arsenal and making us as big as possible, making us stronger

“We have a strong fanbase, maybe the strongest in London and as long as we do our job Arsenal will always be the stronger.”

Wenger is yet to get the better of Pochettino in a Premier League derby and is expecting another tough game as Spurs arrive unbeaten in the league, albeit on a run of six games without a win in all competitions.

“The better the two teams are, the better the derby will be,” he said. “In every city you want that rivalry. At the moment, both teams are doing well so that’s why I think that is why this one is more interesting.

“You prepare to be at your best, that you prepare for the intensity of the game mentally and you keep you discipline and your composure despite that fact it is a big game. That is important.”