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Arsenal legend Paul Merson has warned fellow north Londoners Tottenham about the Champions League mistake by choosing to play their home games at the Wembley stadium this season.
Tottenham lost 2-1 to AS Monaco on Wednesday night in front of 85,000 fans and Merson believes that
Writing in his column for The Daily Star, Merson said: “Spurs have made a big mistake, playing their European games at the national stadium, and will learn it the hard way.
“Arsenal had the same problem when they did it. They never made it out of the group stage. That could very easily happen to Tottenham.
“They dominated against Monaco in midweek and still lost – but there’s no way they would have been beaten at White Hart Lane.
“Not with the fans right on top of the players and the atmosphere pumping. It would have been mind-blowing.
“They were celebrating about having the most people ever at a Champions League game. But who cares? It doesn’t matter one bit if you lose the game.
“I didn’t know Tottenham had 85,000 fans anyway. I bet most of them don’t go to the Lane every week!
“They’re all sitting there taking pictures, enjoying a day out. That’s fine. But it’s not the intimidating atmosphere you want for a big game.
“It’s going to be hard for them now. Lose your first game and you’re already playing catch up – and opposition teams will love visiting Wembley.”