Arsenal move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium
Part of Arsene Wenger’s legacy will always include Arsenal’s move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.
The new stadium was built at a cost of over $500 million. The capacity went from 38,000 to 60,000 and the revenue brought in from match day income and advertising opportunities has continued to grow.
Of course fans are more interested in seeing their team lift trophies than bring in revenue. However, the club’s move and financial rewards will benefit Arsenal in the long-term.
Arsene Wenger in his own words
Following the stadium switch, Wenger’s spending was more limited. In an interview last year with the Evening Standard he spoke of the move.
"The first years of my career here was quite easy, from 1996 to 2005. It was a period where it all went really well. We were always dominating, mostly in the league or the FA Cup. Then came the second period when we moved into the stadium. It became more difficult because we faced more competition and were under restricted finances. The target was to stay at the top of the league and to qualify for the Champions League to repay our debt. I must say we did it. Sometimes within a skeptical environment, and having to fight until the last minute of the last game of the season."