Wenger: Stadium loans came from my commitment
London: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims his commitment to the club helped secure the bank loans required to fund the Emirates Stadium. Fans are set to protest this weekend after a disappointing season that has seen the Gunners’ Premier League title challenge fade. “When we built the stadium the banks demanded that I signed for five years,” said the 66-year-old Frenchman. “Do you want me to say how many clubs I turned down during that period?” Construction began on the £390m Emirates Stadium in 2004, the year Wenger won the last of his three league titles with the club. “The banks wanted the technical consistency to guarantee that we have a chance to pay them back,” added Wenger, who has been in charge of the north Londoners since 1996.