Wenger: Sta­dium loans came from my com­mit­ment

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

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.

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