Wenger says trophies are key as process of Arsenalisation begins
As Arsenal enter their third season at the Emirates, the time for settling in is over and the club have now decided to start the Arsenalisation of the stadium.
The aim of the process is to turn the Emirates into an Arsenal stronghold through the installation of a whole range of new effects including a ‘Highbury shrine’ and a signing wall for some of the legends of the club.
Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis told the official matchday programme that comments from the fans led to the idea of Arsenalisation:
“Listening to the fans, we were hearing a consistent message that, while Emirates is a superb modern stadium, they want us to make it more of a home.”
“Ultimately it’s our fans’ house, so we’ve listened to that and taken steps over the last few months to engage them in a process of discussion about what these ideas should be – and then to implement as many of them as we can early on in the new season.”
“We have been working hard on Arsenalisation for the last couple of months, and will be phasing changes in over the first two or three home games – and I think that’ll be quite exciting, because each time you come back to the stadium there’ll be something new to experience.”
Manager Arsene Wenger is behind the project but knows that the only way the Emirates will ever recapture the magic of Highbury, is if the club defeat the premier league football odds to recapture the same level of success.
“You want to transfer the history of the Club somewhere into the walls, and create a new history with the results,”
“At the moment we have maybe not achieved that, not outside or on the pitch. My job and that of the team is to create it.”
In their bid to make that all important history, Wenger’s team have got off to the best possible start to their Premiership title challenge this season with three wins out of three and 12 goals to boot. If the Gunners can keep up this sort of form, then the process of Arsenalisation could be completed way ahead of schedule.