Arsene Wenger has made a stunning revelation on why Arsenal could not win the Premier League under his tutelage at the Emirates; a trophy he helped them win three times at Highbury.
Arsene Wenger is set to coach Arsenal for the last time when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield for their last game of the Premier League season.
The Gunners will certainly not be involved in next season’s Champions League, with a sixth place league finish all but guaranteed.
Prior to the last game of the season, the Gunners trail Champions, Manchester City by 37 points.
City were playing in the Championship when Arsene Wenger won the 1997/98 league title with Arsenal at Highbury.
But there exists a big gap now between the North London side and the Blue half of Manchester.
And Wenger admits that Arsenal lost a “special spirit” when they left their old home – Highbury in 2006.
“I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It’s a cathedral, a church,” said Wenger. “You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me.
“The Emirates, for me, was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It’s a fantastic stadium — but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new.”
ARSENE WENGER’S ARSENAL TROPHIES BY STADIUM
Premier League 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04
FA Cup 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05
Community Shield 1998, 1999, 2002.
Premier League None
FA Cup 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17
Community Shield 2014, 2015, 2017.