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In 1913 'Woolwich Arsenal' leased a 21 acre site which was named 'Highbury'. As the ground development was funded by proceeds from gate receipts, the transition of the ground was a long and time-consuming matter. In 1925 the club were able to buy the ground outright. A new west was opened which increased the capacity and enabled a record gate of 73,295 to witness the visit of Sunderland in 1935.
Both the North Bank and the Clock Stand's were re-developed in the late 1990's but today's capacity is limited to just 38,500. Originally there were plans to make Highbury a 45,000 stadium but that was decided still to be too small. Demand for tickets heavily outweighs supply, and with this in mind, the club decided to look for an alternative site to develop. In November of 2002 Arsenal received planning permission for a new 60,000 all seater stadium just half a mile down the road at Ashburton, presently an industrial site. The move to Ashburton will achieved with the support of Islington Council and it is hoped that this will bring Arsenal the financial muscle to match any club in the world. Completion of the new stadium is scheduled for some stage during 2005.
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Arsene Wenger says his successor will inherit Arsenal in a far better state than he did because of the work he has done over the past 20 years. Wenger oversaw the move from Highbury to The Emirates. www.dailymail.co.uk
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Arsene Wenger brought Alex Manninger to Highbury in the summer of 1997 as cover for David Seaman, but after an injury to the England No 1, the Austrian went on to play a key role in the title run-in. www.dailymail.co.uk