Our Soul is Still at Highbury…
Arsene Wenger has admitted that we ‘left our soul at Highbury’ when we made the move to The Emirates in 2006.
Wenger spent over 20 years at Arsenal and built and designed The Emirates himself, but has said that we have found it very difficult to emulate the same atmosphere at the new ground.
He said on the Standard Digital website:
“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…”
Expecting a similar story to come out of Tottenham later on as they always have to go one better: “Spurs: Our new stadium is great and full of our souls…”
Despite rumours of a definite deal being agreed in the summer, Arteta was quick to quash any hope of a move for PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa.
When asked about a move for the Frenchman, he said:
“There is nothing new to say on any individual players. When we have more info, we’ll let you know…”
He also went with a typical Arsenal line, saying there’s a possibility of signing Korean international Fu Kin No Won:
“I would not be unhappy without anyone coming in if we couldn’t because the players have to be players who can really help us and make a difference in the squad, not just for the sake of bringing in players…”
Arteta on Chelsea…
Arteta has also been speaking about tonight’s HUGE game at Stamford Bridge, which could open up a 13 point canyon between us and top four, or could slash it to a mere babbling seven point brook.
“Tomorrow we need to win, it’s really important. It’s very, very important for us to win this game – to fight for that. Also, the game we played at home, it could have made a big difference and we were very close to it.
There are still four months to play and a lot of things can happen, a lot of games between the top teams as well so I think that will change…”
Though it feels like things are moving in the right direction, we are in desperate need of getting some points on the board as we push for the remote possibility of a top four finish. Too many draws recently that we have failed to push on and win, and we are also battling against corrupt refs, the FA and VAR but a confidence boosting win tonight could change EVERYTHING! Come on Arsenal!