Paul Merson sends warning to Tottenham about Arsenal

Paul Merson warns Tottenham not to fall into the same trap as Arsenal when they move to their new stadium

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson has warned Tottenham not to fall into the same “trap” as Arsenal when Spurs leave White Hart Lane at the end of the season.

The Lilywhites will play all of their home games at Wembley next season as construction work at the new White Hart Lane stadium continues.

Arsenal left Highbury to move to Emirates Stadium in 2006 but the Gunners have only won two FA Cup trophies since that move of stadium.

And former Arsenal star Merson believes Tottenham need to make sure that their priority remains performing on the pitch and not making extra money.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “Tottenham need to be careful they don’t fall into the same trap as Arsenal when they leave White Hart Lane.

“It will be a shame to see the old ground disappear. But it’s a sign of the times and Spurs need bigger facilities to compete.

“The trouble is, it hasn’t helped Arsenal has it? All it’s done is make them money. But what have they spent it on? Look at all the world-class players who were there before they moved – Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Sol Campbell, Robert Pires.

“How many world-class players have they brought in since? Alexis Sanchez? Who else? The Emirates should be full of these top stars. But it isn’t.”

Tottenham are currently gearing up for their crunch clash against Manchester United at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon in the final game at the old ground.

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Spurs’ title challenge was ended when they lost 1-0 to West Ham earlier this month to allow Chelsea to be crowned champions.

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