Date: 20th September 2007 at 2:35am
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As the debate rages on regarding Chelsea and it’s half arsed attempt to fill it’s stadium, Arsene Wenger thinks Arsenal fans are the heart and sole of the club, and wants to increase the size of the stadium.

Wenger, a world renowned perfectionist, said he wants more people to support the club, and a bigger arena to put them in after another 60,000 Gooners crammed into Ashburton Grove.

Le boss claims he is consistently amazed by the level of support the Arsenal fans show.

Not content with expanding Arsenal Football Club beyond all expectation, the wiley Frenchman wants more, and more for the clubs fans.

‘I always said that I’m amazed by this club and its support – we are happy to have such support and we have a big responsibility to keep these people happy,’ said Wenger.

‘We try, at the moment we managed to do that. That is the real dimension of the club – the fans.

‘We want more support, more fans and I hope that one day the next board will extend this stadium and build 100,000.’

Dontcha just love this dude?


36 Replies to “Wenger Wants 100,000 Seat Stadium”

  • This season, at the minimum. Big things will happen to, and for Arsenal. Again. It is quite vivid. I am a prophet. And I’m not talking about Usmanov. He’s not so big. He will fail. GUNNERS FOR EVER.

  • He is talking about the next generation, FAB4. It is logical that this Board will be phased out, before another one runs Arsenal. Maybe with the same owners, maybe without, but thats a long way in future (hopefully). A 100K seater is mind boggling, and filling it every week will be great, but Wenger is visionary. If he can see it in the future, then its possible.

  • You’d have to build it away from your historic area …. oh well, thats never been an issue for you lot anyway

  • alas, as good as it sounds, we built a 60,000 stadium and it can’t be increased. the local council would only allow us 60,000, an extra 10,000 or more would increase traffic and congestion etc etc. it sucks, also i can’t see how they would take our beautiful design and just stick say another 40,000 on the top. its high enough as it is without going higher. still i think he means how good our fans are and the support we have for our club no matter who will play, saturday is derby and we are sold out, plus we didn’t have to reduce prices 🙂

  • PG; You need to think like AW here. The geezer is not talking about building a new stadium in his lifetime. This man is 100% Arsenal, and is planning for the long term future of the club. Where other managers think of long term as 5 or 6 years, Wenger is thinking 40 years down the line. The guy is an utter genius.

  • Few clubs worldwide could regularly fill a 100,000 seater stadium 30 times a season. And, no disrespect to Arsenal, I think that unless there were a large number of less expensive tickets, they aren’t one of them. Stadium construction costs, in Britain in particular, wouldn’t allow for 100,000 seater stadiums and regular £10-20 tickets (all due praise Arsenal for their League Cup pricing), and traffic considerations would prohibit it, etc, so it’s a non-starter anyway. However, I don’t think that Arsene Wenger intended to be taken so literally. It seems to me that he was making a statement about Arsenal’s fan base and making a sly swipe at Chelsea by doing so. Wenger is a very intelligent man, so that he chose those words only a day after Chelsea could only half fill Stamford Bridge for a Champions League tie is no coincidence. He basically said “we’re a big club, and we’ve got the stadium and the fans to go with it – you’re not.”

  • Went to your match last night,atmosphere was woeful beyond belief…!!Seville were the better side for 30 mins,their left/right wingers were causing all sorts of torment but the games pattern changed with the own goal.Sagna,Flamini,Adebayor were excellant imo but Hleb,Almunia,Senderos were VERY poor.Paul Robinson certainly isnt the worst keeper in N London thats for certain (& thats saying something!)…..Also read some nice things in the programme about us from Toure & Wenger as well as some hard hitting comments that they knew we would run out of steam in the second half which adds weight to the arguement that we are not fit enough to be a top 4 side.That is after all a BIG debate amongst us Yids.A question for you……..Do you fear in any shape or form Jose turning up at WHL…??Cheers Chalky THFC

  • DBD – When making these comments you also need to think about what the world will be like in 40 years time. Traffic congestion maybe a thing of the past, construction costs may not be a probelm, espesically with the Arsenal making around £3Million per home game!! Bt I agree there is a sly dig in there too.

  • Chalky where were you sitting? Seville were not the better team for the first thirty minutes, it was 50/50. Yes the game pattern changed with the deflection, the 3-0 result was harsh on Sevilla, it was an excellent open game played by two footballing teams. I enjoyed it and just glad we took our chances well. Also I disagree with you about Hleb, but you need to watch him consisently to see what he brings to the game. But we are all entitled to our opinions and its amazing how people at the same ground see things differently, ie the atmosphere was excellent (room for improvement) but it does vary depending where you sit!

  • Rocky7, it’s hard to imagine thinking that far ahead in football. Look at who were the top teams then and who are the top teams now. Empires rise, and empires fall. Who’s to say that the big four of today would even be in the top flight in 2047? As for the traffic congestion of 2047, well, until we get the flying cars we’ve been waiting on for the best part of a century, that’s not a problem that’s going to disappear, and even if it did you’d still have nimbys to contend with. Wenger has had as much input as anybody else into the new stadium and he knows full well that increasing capacity there is impractical, if not impossible. His words were aimed squarely at Chelsea.

  • I guess you would put this comment on a par with his stament in 2002/03 season that Arsenal could go a whole season unbeaten? Arsene Wenger stated after the first 6 months at AG that it was too small. Arsenal have a 40,000 waiting list for season tickets, well over 150,000 fully registered members, a larger stadium would not be unrealistic. I’m not disagreeing with you that his comments weren’t a sly dig, but do not underestimate the visionary powers of Arsene Wenger. His goal isn’t to make this club the biggest in the world, it’s to make the club the biggest in the world and keep it there.

  • I actually thought that Wenger said that we could have built an 80,000 capacity stadium but that they thought better to have 60,000 and everyone has good views. There’s no doubt that the infrastructure to accomodate 80,000 is also was also a consideration.

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