Former Arsenal vice-chairman Davd Dein has admitted Tottenham were his club’s closest allies during his time with the Gunners.
Dein was a leading figure at the north London club from 1983 to 2007 and oversaw the appointment of Arsene Wenger in 1996 as well as playing a key role in the formation of the Premier League in 1992.
“The Arsenal fans won’t appreciate this so much but our closest allies when I was at the board was always Tottenham,” Dein told talkSPORT
“Why? Because we shared gate men together, we shared police, we shared caterers and I was always close when it was [former Tottenham chairman] Irving Scholar who helped form the Premier League with me.
“He was always by my side and I’m still friendly with him until this very day. Then Alan Sugar and Daniel Levy.”
North London’s stadia have gone through an enormous revamp over the last 16 years with Arsenal’s relocation from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium and more recently Tottenham’s switch to their new 63,000 seat stadium.
Dein praised the job Daniel Levy has done in overseeing the opening of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and admits it is second-to-none in the global game.
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The former vice-chairman said: “I’ve got tremendous respect for Daniel by the way. I think, unashamedly, they have got the finest football stadium that I’ve seen anywhere in the world.
On the pitch, Arsenal and Spurs have made bright starts to the season with Arsenal sitting top of the table and Spurs in third place, one point adrift of the Gunners.
The pair meet in what promises to be a high-octane clash at the Emirates after the international break.
Arsenal will be hoping to get one over their north London rivals after Antonio Conte’s side pipped the Gunners to the final Champions League place in May.
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