Thursday, March 12, 1998 Published at 12:13 GMT
Arsenal offer to buy Wembley
Wembley Stadium: wanted by Arsenal
Arsenal have confirmed they have made an official bid to buy Wembley Stadium to be their new home.
The club are desperate to increase the 38,000 capacity at Highbury but have met strong opposition from local residents.
They will face opposition, however, from both the Football Association and the English National Stadium Trust.
The trust also wants to buy the stadium while the FA has made it clear that selling Wembley to a club side would harm England's bid to stage the 2006 World Cup.
Football's governing body FIFA insisted that if Arsenal bought Wembley it would not harm England's chances of staging the 2006 World Cup.
Wembley is due to be redeveloped as the national stadium and will be the centrepiece of the Football Association's bid.
"The ownership of any individual stadium and the team that regularly plays there, really makes no difference to FIFA," he said.
"The important thing is that the stadium in question should be available for the period of the World Cup. What happens there for the rest of the time is not FIFA's concern."