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Arsene Wenger says leaving Highbury resulted in Arsenal losing their soul

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Arsene Wenger says leaving Highbury resulted in Arsenal losing their soul

The former Arsenal boss pinpointed the move to the Emirates Stadium as a tipping point.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the Gunners lost their soul when they moved to the Emirates Stadium during his reign.

As per the Evening Standard, Wenger feels the club haven’t found their soul at the ground yet, despite the fact the move happened in 2007.

The Frenchman said: “I moved from Highbury, which was similar to Anfield, but there was a soul in the stadium. We built a new stadium but we never found our soul – we left our soul at Highbury.

“We could never recreate it for security reasons. The distance from the pitch to the stand had to be bigger as we needed ambulances to come in.

 

“The inclination of the stands had to be smaller all those things together that we didn’t find to recreate the atmosphere.”

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TBR’s View – Interesting insight from Wenger

Wenger has great insight into how the move to the Emirates Stadium impacted on Arsenal and clearly feels the club is still struggling with it.

The atmosphere at the Emirates has been the subject of contention; from rivals about the lack of noise, but it has also become a place where division and anger has festered.

Wenger knows that better than anyone and perhaps that’s something Mikel Arteta needs to try and address as he takes Arsenal towards a new era, where he hopes success will come.

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