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Wenger admits he won’t miss White Hart Lane but praises ‘special’ atmosphere

Date Posted,April 27, 2017

Arsene Wenger has enjoyed some special memories at White Hart Lane during his 20-year reign.

But Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on April 25, 2004, is his favourite. They clinched the title that day during the Invincibles season – and it also nearly ended up in a fight.

“It was good and bad that season because they equalised in the last minute and we nearly had a fight in the dressing room between Sol Campbell and Jens Lehmann,” smiled Wenger.

“Because Jens gave away the penalty. The penalty was not a penalty, honestly. It was a nice gift, once again.”

Campbell was furious with Lehmann for conceding the last gasp spot-kick for treading on Robbie Keane’s feet at a corner and the Tottenham striker then stepped up to fire home an equaliser and take some of the gloss of what was arguably Wenger’s greatest day.

Wenger celebrates Arsenal winning the league at White Hart Lane in 2004 (Photo: Getty)
Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira celebrate at White Hart Lane (Photo: Getty)

During those days, Arsenal were dominant and Wenger’s record at White Hart Lane is still impressive as he has played 24 games, won six, drawn 12 and lost six. However, three of those defeats have come in the last seven years.

That is further proof the power is shifting even if Wenger argues it will take 20 years of Tottenham dominance before they can say they rule North London.

Wenger has always enjoyed these derby days even though some of the abuse in his direction has been horrendous.

The current White Hart Lane is an old school ground, tight, the fans on top of the pitch and the atmosphere is always red-hot for Arsenal games.

“I personally won’t miss it but what I like is the atmosphere,” said Wenger. “What makes English football special is the fact that the fans live the game.

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