Angry Arsenal fans have reacted with venomous fury after Gunners chiefs agreed to allow bitter rivals Tottenham share the Emirates Stadium.
Spurs chiefs have been locked in secret talks with their north London counterparts after an offer to move into Wembley Stadium for a season was dramatically withdrawn.
Tottenham need to find a temporary home for a year while their historic White Hart Lane ground is redeveloped into a 60,000-capacity state-of-the-art stadium.
And chairman Daniel Levy was convinced a deal to switch to Wembley would be rubber-stamped but the move hit a snag at the last minute.
That’s when they approached Arsenal and it is said that the board of directors readily agreed to help their capital neighbours, despite the hatred between the two sets of supporters.
Now the hierarchy at the Emirates plan to controversially rebrand the stadium façade and face major criticism from fan groups with their move to erect a giant Spurs’ cockerel badge alongside their own iconic cannon emblem.
It is the latest body blow for Gooners who have endured a season of frustration on the pitch with increasing division amongst fans as to whether under-fire manager Arsene Wenger should remain in charge of the cub.
Season ticket holder Pal Riloof, originally from Norway and who now lives in an apartment housed within the old Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, said: “This really is the last straw. I will return my season ticket and never step foot in the ground again. I can’t imagine fans of that under-achieving outfit sitting in our home.
“It is very difficult to even begin to get your head around this crazy idea; it just shows just how of touch the powers that be at the club are with the core support.
“But in the modern world of television money, armchair fans and it just enforces the belief that there is now an unbridgeable disconnect between fans and the club.”