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Mikel Arteta has finally brought the ‘fear factor’ from the Highbury years back to Arsenal, says former Gunner Walcott

According to WALCOTT, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is on the verge of turning the Emirates into the fearsome fortress Highbury once had.

The Gunners were a force to be reckoned with at their former home Highbury, where they won 13 league titles.

Theo Walcott believes Emirates is becoming a fortress under Mikel Arteta

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Theo Walcott believes Emirates is becoming a fortress under Mikel ArtetaCredit: PA
Teams were scared to meet Arsenal at Highbury and Walcott thinks it will happen soon at the Emirates

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Teams were scared to meet Arsenal at Highbury and Walcott thinks it will happen soon at the EmiratesCredit: Getty

In the Premier League era, they have had no trouble attracting the game’s biggest stars and possess a squad brimming with talent under Arsene Wenger – including legends like Thierry Henry and Partick Vieira.

The North London club’s move to the 60,260 maximum capacity Emirates Stadium in 2006 was supposed to usher in a new dawn of success for the Gunners.

But things didn’t go as planned and Arsenal fell behind at their new stadium.

Since Arsene Wenger left the club, winning the Prem once more has become a distant dream and Champions League qualification is no longer certain.

Even Wenger previously admitted that the Gunners left their souls in Highbury.

However, things seem to be heading towards the Emirates this season under Arteta.

Arsenal are now 10 games unbeaten in all competitions, and Walcott, who spent more than a decade at the club from 2006-18, thinks the glory days are approaching once again.


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Southampton star told Darren Bent on talkSPORT: “I just feel like there’s an element of fear coming back now. It’s really good to see.

“In Highbury, everyone was afraid to go to Highbury, then to the Emirates it was hard to have the same effect.

“I’m starting to feel like Arsenal are starting to get back to where we all want to see them, because I feel like if Arsenal are challenging, then the league will always be better.”

Walcott also thinks that Arteta’s work with the club’s young players is like that Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka will pay dividends in the coming years.

He added: “We’ve had them for a few weeks, but after that game I’m sure they’ll have a very good season because of what [Arteta] are doing with the young players about to pass.

“Of course, he will also have money to spend, a very young team, which is really great.”

But first, the Gunners will have to test their newfound mettle against giants Liverpool on Saturday.

Arsenal’s new defensive duo, Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes, whom Ian Wright credits for the Gunners’ revival alongside goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, they will face a complete threat of attack from Reds stars Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.

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