Date: 10th October 2006 at 3:05pm
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Arsene Wenger has suggested that Arsenal’s ambition is so high that Ashburton Grove maybe too small.

In a statement from Le Boss that boosts the confidence no end, he suggests that our spanking new stadium is not big enough to house the hundreds of thousands of fans wanting tickets, and that his own ambition matches that of the clubs with Wenger wanting to not only dominate the Premier League, but Europe aswell.

‘My project is to dominate the English league and to dominate Europe,’ he told France Football.

‘Nowadays Arsenal is a club superior to what I could have imagined at the beginning.’

‘When we built our new stadium we talked about a capacity of 50,000, then 55,000, then 60,000. Now we are asking ourselves already if it is too small.’

‘That could seem pretentious, but I believe that if you don’t give real ambition to a club it will not take off.’

‘At Arsenal, I even have more freedom than a lot of other English clubs,’ he explained.

‘That is why I refused opportunities like Real Madrid.

‘I am like an animal that has a lot of freedom and then you want to keep him on a leash.’

The last time Wenger made a statement such as this, the whole footballing world laughed at his suggestion that Arsenal could go an entire league campaign unbeaten…….


32 Replies to “Wenger: The Grove Too Small?”

  • why not, le boss is right, when we were playing our champions league home games at wembley, we had attendances of over 73,000, so in the future maybe we can extened our capacity to 75,000 or 80,000..

  • I’m pretty one of the condtions of planning permition was that the stadium only be a 60,000 seater…..but don’t quote me on that!

  • just going to ask the same , is expansion possible ?? either way these are good words from your manager , good to see after ten years he is still, or even more hungry for success than he was !

  • I think Wenger’s obsession with Arsenal is growing by the day. At first he wanted to be a sucsessful manager, then he got very hungry for trophies, and now he wants to take over the world.

  • Think your right Rocky7, there was a limitation on capacity as part of the planning consent. Shame really as I reckon we’d near as damn fill an 80000 seater week in week out

  • You wouldnt be able to extend it with out knocking a stand down surely? But im sure 60,000 seater stadium is good enough for the short term.

  • i think it’s possible to extend the capacity of the grove to 70000. not sure about anythign above and beyond that, though…

    ***** it, we’ll make enough money under wenger’s careful guidance and the impending success of our up-and-coming golden generation, to build a bigger one and rent the grove out to the spuds…

    »»Arsene Knows««

  • If Wenger did the treble every year he’d still be hungry. Unlike Moaninho who wins the CL and buggers off!! 😛

  • unfortunatly it is not possible to increase the capacity of Ashburton Grove, while i think we should have built a 70,000 stadium because we have the fan base, if you look at the design of the stadium it is impossible to exstend without completly reconstructing the roof which i very much doubt Arsenal would ever do!

  • the grove cannot be expanded, one of the prerequisites for allowing us to build it was that there was to be a capacity of no more than 60,000, so as not to swamp local infrastructure and the surrounding area. Shame really, but hey come on people, lets not get too greedy eh? We already generate more match day revenue per game than anyone in England and 99% of all other clubs in Europe, that will do us for the time being!

  • I’m pretty darn sure we have planning permission to extend the capacity by a further 10000…

    »»Arsene Knows««

  • hmm, fair do’s. But I read about it while the stadium was still under construction, that arsenal had secured permission for future expansion of the stadium…

    maybe that was before it was finally agreed upon 60000. I’ve scoured the interweb to see if i could dig anything up to back me up, but i shall not be trying to quantify my statement by using threads from random messageboards 🙂

    »»Arsene Knows««

  • LOL.

    Don’t bring your stinking shrine within 10 miles of our palace.

    PS You can’t extend it you fools.

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