Wenger issues damning verdict on immediate Tottenham future
By Danny Wright
Arsene Wenger has warned Tottenham that their squad of talented individuals could fall apart in the immediate future.
The Arsenal manager believes that Spurs are financially lagging behind the Premier League’s elite and that their move to a new stadium could cause a host of implications both on and off the pitch.
Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is known to be a shrewd negotiator when it comes to transfers and contracts, and even pay lower than the market ratre.
But Wenger is adamant that has to change in order for the club to keep hold of their top talent.
“For a longer time, if the budget is too much different, it’s impossible,” said the 67-year-old, as quoted by the Telegraph.
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“When you get to a level, at some stage the best players want to be paid like the other players at that level. If the differential is too big, you’re never able to keep your best players.”
Wenger has also delivered a damning verdict on Tottenham’s move to a new stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men will play all of their home games at Wembley next season before moving into their new permanent home.
Arsenal and Spurs will contest the final North London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday and Wenger has used his experience of moving stadiums to advise his rivals on how long it will take to get settled.
“First of all, you face financial restrictions, which we did,” he added. “Secondly, you don’t feel at home like you were before. It can take two years.”
Tottenham can move within one point of Premier League leaders Chelsea if results go their way on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s side have a tricky visit to Everton to deal with before Spurs host the Gunners.
Arsenal have endured a disappointing campaign but they will make the short trip to White Hart Lane knowing that they can put their bid to finish in the top four back on track with a victory.
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