Former Arsenal manager has said the club left their soul at old ground Highbury when they moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.
Wenger—a three-time Premier League-winning manager during his 22-year spell with the Gunners—was manager at Highbury for a decade before it was demolished.
Arsenal boosted their capacity to 60,000 at the Emirates—Highbury held a little more than 38,000—but Wenger told beIN Sports (via Goal’s James Westwood) the club lost something in the process:
"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 70-year-old explained the Emirates required a gap between the pitch and the stands to allow for ambulances to come through, which had a knock-on effect in restricting the atmosphere.
Arsenal went unbeaten throughout the 2003-04 “Invincibles” campaign when they won their last Premier League crown. The club finished second the following season, and the closest they’ve come to winning the Premier League since then was a runner-up finish to Leicester City in 2016.
Wenger won 10 major titles in north London but clinched only three of those at the Emirates: a trio of FA Cups across four seasons between 2014 and 2017.
Le Professeur will hope former protege Mikel Arteta—the incumbent Arsenal manager—has the natural nous to restore the club to its former glories, with the club currently 10th in the Premier League.