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Arsene Wenger: We left our soul at Highbury

Published at :January 21, 2020 at 12:54 AM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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The French tactician won three Premier League titles with the Gunners.

The former Premier League winner Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal lost the x-factor in their home games when they moved from Highbury to Emirates in 2006. He said that the club "left their soul" at Highbury. Arsene Wenger oversaw the transition of their home stadium when they shifted their base 500 meters from Highbury to the Emirates stadium. He won the three Premier League titles at Highbury in 1997-98, 2001-02 and 2003-04. [KH_ADWORDS type="3" align="center"][/KH_ADWORDS] Talking to Standard Media, Arsene Wenger 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." Since shifting to the Emirates, the club is yet to win the Premier League. The best season they had was in 2015-16 when they finished second behind Leicester City. [KH_RELATED_NEWS title="Related News | ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW"][/KH_RELATED_NEWS] Talking about the Invincible season on 2003-04, Arsene Wenger compared his achievement with the current Liverpool FC squad as he said, "You look at the number of goals they score and the number of goals they concede. They are very good." "They play intelligent football, their players make intelligent decisions on the pitch. My experience when you play the whole season unbeaten is that they accumulated the belief that if they just continue to play they will win the game." "That is very difficult to get in the team because you need a special run to do that and to get the fear of losing out of the team. It’s something that is very important and they have that at the moment."