Arsenal legend says new stadium will boost Tottenham’s title hopes

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur recently announced that their much-awaited move to the new stadium will be delayed even further, with the first game at 62,062 capacity stadium likely to be in March.

After the announcement, several pundits and experts have called for Spurs to commit to playing all of their home games at Wembley this season. Cardiff manager Neil Warnock even suggested that the Premier League should enforce Spurs to finish the season at Wembley, a notion which was shot down by Pochettino.

Arsenal legend Alan Smith reckons that Tottenham have to complete their move as soon as they can, as it will boost their title hopes.

In a column for the Evening Standard, Smith wrote, “Some say Tottenham might as well wait until next season to play the first game in their new stadium. With the big day now looking like some time in March, it’s hardly worth moving from Wembley, the argument goes.”

“I’m not sure Harry Kane and Co would agree with that. I bet they can’t wait to wave Wembley goodbye and step into an arena that, by all accounts, has set new standards for stadium design. Far from these unfamiliar surroundings giving the players a problem, I think they will give the team a huge lift, one that could even be vital in the title race.”

However, the 56-year-old said that a lot depends on whether Spurs are able to remain in touch with Liverpool and Manchester City. Tottenham find themselves 9 points behind Liverpool with a game in hand and 2 points behind Manchester City.

Smith said Spurs can’t afford any more slip-ups if they wish to remain in the title race. He added, “They (Spurs) can’t afford for the gap to get any bigger than the six points currently separating them from Liverpool.”

“And that probably means beating United on Sunday, which clearly won’t be easy now that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revitalised the club. He’s made it look easy.”

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