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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby jayramfootball » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:05 pm

Simple answer - no.
We went backwards and are no closer to competing for top players than we were at Highbury - in fact further away.
Plus the stadium is a truly awful place to be if you are interested in any kind of atmosphere.
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby StLGooner » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:11 pm

We may never know really. If we stayed, who's to say it wouldn't be worse than it is now? It's all speculation.
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby EliteKiller » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:47 pm

jayramfootball wrote:Simple answer - no.
We went backwards and are no closer to competing for top players than we were at Highbury - in fact further away.
Plus the stadium is a truly awful place to be if you are interested in any kind of atmosphere.


If we'd stayed we would be a West Ham, Fulham, Crystal Palace operation .... probably with similar results ....

Biggest 3 club stadiums in the EPL (without Emirates) City, Utd, Liverpool ... top three teams? probably the same three ...

Highbury would have had us down with Everton, M'boro, A.Villa, Leeds, Sheff Wed on capacity .... you can't say for sure but I reckon it's a pretty safe bet the football would have been nearer that level as well .....

To compete you need a big stadium to attract the big money, then an owner who gets a great manager, then gives him the cash to buy great players ... it's not rocket science it's football .....
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby Sims » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:49 pm

Anyone who says no is categorically brain damaged
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby Marsbar100 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:40 pm

TBH all that matters is having a filthy rich ambitious owner now, the mistake was not getting usmanov, we would be 100 times better with usmanov at highbury than kroenke at emirates, that's life

For self sustainable model it was the right decision though
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby DiamondGooner » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:21 am

jayramfootball wrote:Simple answer - no.
We went backwards and are no closer to competing for top players than we were at Highbury - in fact further away.
Plus the stadium is a truly awful place to be if you are interested in any kind of atmosphere.


We wouldn't have survived as a top club if we hadn't of moved though.

Considering we have a self sustaining model, players got more expensive, sugar daddy owners made it even worse.

We were a better club and team back then but that wouldn't of carried on through till today any different, Wenger would still of been in charge, players would of left etc.

Tottenham moved for the same reasons.

We needed a bigger stadium, end of.
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby LMAO » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:48 am

Sims wrote:Anyone who says no is categorically brain damaged
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby darwishlakiss » Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:15 pm

I Darwish Lakiss had the privilege of visiting the Emirates Stadium with my boyfriend Faris Ben-Lamkadem.
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby jayramfootball » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:51 pm

The stadium turned out to be a bad idea - I understood the rationale.. that we would become one of the biggest clubs in the world able to compete with the likes of Real Madrid etc, but it was a lemon pretty much after the work started. Financial Fair Play never really hit home and the money gap just got larger. We're less able to compete for top players now than we ever were.

So all in all, the stadium was nothing more than a way to make more money for owners.

In terms of the stadium itself, it gets plaudits, but in my view it is one of the worst stadiums in the league. The atmosphere is appalling and the design is simply awful. For those that have been, you can not fail to notice how the roof line totally obsures the rest of the stadium upper levels so you can;t see the rest of the crowd, taking away a really important part of the overall experience. I hated it from the very first time I went (the opening game - DB10 Testimonial). The designer/architect should be shot.

Bottom line is that Highbury was a better experience all round.
Hate to say it but Spurs' new stadium is also far better in every regard other than the team that plays in it and the fans who frequent it.
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby CynicalGooner » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:57 pm

I think a new stadium was necessary. But the one we got was disappointing at the time and no amount of 'Arsenalisation' was going to fix the fundamental issues it has to this day. But oh well, we're stuck with it. None of us will see another one in our lifetimes and I have no clue if it's possible to alter it in any meaningful way

But at least it doesn't look like a toilet
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby swipe right » Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:58 am

There's A Petition For The Emirates Stadium To Be Named After Arsene Wenger
www.sportbible.com/football/reactions-n ... d-20190420
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby Va-Va-Voom » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:04 am

I love how there are people who actually promote the "Wenger built the stadium by himself" narrative.

Loool

He should have a stand or tier named after him though, like Ferguson.
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby Angelito » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:47 am

swipe right wrote:There's A Petition For The Emirates Stadium To Be Named After Arsene Wenger
http://www.sportbible.com/football/reac ... d-20190420


Gotta go with Simslad. Wengerdome sounds sick.

Wouldn't mind Arsene Wenger Stadium either.
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby UFGN » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:05 am

Are people suggesting we'd still be at Highbury if it wasnt for Wenger?

Is it that hard for them to imagine alternative timelines?

Fans paid for it and still are paying for it. At the time the project was agreed it was wrongly assumed that matchday revenue would continue to be the most important stream of revenue for the club. Their real motivation was to increase ticket prices, capacity and revenue from premium seats.

They did it very effectively.
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Re: Was building a new stadium the right move for Arsenal?

Postby Sims » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:09 am

Yeah it was always going to happen regardless

None of the footballing landscape saw the TV money being as large as it is now
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