Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger picks Liver­pool’s An­field as favourite sta­dium

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Arsene Wenger has led his Arse­nal team at al­most all of Europe’s most fa­mous sta­di­ums dur­ing his two decades in charge, but An­field tops the French­man’s list of iconic venues.

When asked to name his favourite sta­dium, the Gun­ners boss chose An­field due to the at­mos­phere and ‘spe­cial vibes’ cre­ated by the Liver­pool sup­port­ers and their reg­u­lar ren­di­tions of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

Wenger ad­mit­ted Arse­nal’s for­mer home, High­bury, was his favourite ground be­fore the club left for the Emi­rates in 2006, but the history and at­mos­phere of An­field means it is now top of the list. “My favourite sta­dium with big­gest fan­base with the most heated at­mos­phere is Liver­pool be­cause there’s spe­cial vibes there,’ Wenger told Bein Sports. “The song be­fore the game, You’ll Never Walk Alone, the history of the club and the sta­dium it­self. “Be­fore it was High­bury. It had a spe­cial soul. Now it’s Ever­ton, Liver­pool, New­cas­tle was great too.

“Foot­ball is like what it was 30 years ago be­cause of the en­vi­ron­ment of the game. The pas­sion, the soul of the sta­dium. It has the most heated, sup­port­ive at­mos­phere.”

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Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger with as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Bould.

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