Date: 21st January 2020 at 6:34am
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Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal became a soulless club after completing their move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Frenchman, who orchestrated three Premier League titles in his first nine years at Highbury was the mastermind behind his side’s move to the Emirates – a move that the club claimed would see them compete with the likes of Bayern Munich.

After 93 years of history at Highbury, the Gunners moved into their new stadium in 2006.

Arsenal have since struggled to replicate the success, collecting just three FA Cup honours in the following 14 years.

Arsenal players celebrate winning the league in 2004

And Wenger, who managed the North London side from 1996 to 2018, believes part of the club was left behind when they made the move across North London.

Speaking to beIN Sports (as reported by The Sun), he 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 [manage] to recreate the atmosphere.”