The Bad blood between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs goes beyond regular reasoning. Some fans have taken the rivalry away from the pitch side and stands to the streets of North London. Arsenal fans pride themselves as the biggest Club in London to the detriment of clubs like West Ham, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspurs and even Chelsea. However, Spurs have beaten the Gunners yet again to another Premier League milestone.
Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger treated the Gunners faithful to sumptuous attacking flair and guile while they built a massive 60,00 seater stadium to replace Highbury.
In building that edifice, The Gunners had to endure years of trophy less seasons as they sold numerous stars to recoup and repay funds. Players like Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin Van Persie, Fabregas and Nasri were some of the players that left the North London club during that transition.
Tottenham Hotspurs are set to unveil their new 62,000 seater London stadium. Making it the second largest football pitch in London, behind Wembley which houses 90,000 seats.
The Spurs new stadium is the second largest Premier League stadium, second only to Manchester United’s Old Trafford. Old Trafford remains England’s biggest Club football stadium with 75,000 seats.
Tottenham trained at their £1billion stadium for the first time and absorbed the stunning new home from pitch level. The players made their way from the home dressing room, down the tunnel and out onto the pitch bathed in March sunshine.
Decked out in their all-purple training gear, Spurs then set to work with a number of different exercises on the pristine surface.
Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Co were pictured warming up with some sprints down the touchline. They were then organised into some small-sided games and became accustomed to the new surface.
The 62,000-seater arena will host Mauricio Pochettino’s side for the first time on April 3 against Crystal Palace. On Saturday the Tottenham legends will play their Inter Milan counterparts in the second of two test events put on for the club to be granted their safety certificate.
Supporters were able to see live action for the first time last Sunday and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive as they saw the Under-18s beat Southampton 3-1.
The atmosphere will surely be red hot when Palace come to town in the fixture following Tottenham’s trip to face Liverpool at Anfield.
Tickets have been desperately sought after and every seat in the record-breaking 17,500-seater south stand will be filled. As the Spurs players trained on Thursday afternoon, the four giant HD screens lay dormant but will come alive on matchday.
It has been 98 weeks since Tottenham bid farewell to White Hart Lane and after agonising delays, the over-budget project is nearing the final destination.
Pochettino has waxed lyrical about the state-of-the-art home in which his players will now be able to showcase their talents