Jamie Carragher says he found Highbury tougher than the Emirates

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The former Liverpool defender was more intimidated by Arsenal's old ground than their modern one.

Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports' Monday Night Football that he found Highbury a more difficult place to go than the Emirates Stadium.

The famous old ground was Arsenal’s home for 93 years, before they moved to the Emirates in 2006.

It was infamously a tough place for away sides to visit, with the fans extremely close to the pitch and creating an intimidating environment for the visiting team.

Carragher played there on numerous occasions for Liverpool, as well as travelling to the Emirates, and says the former was the tougher of the two grounds for him personally.

“I found it more difficult at Highbury than the Emirates,” he told Monday Night Football.

“You’d think the bigger pitch would make it more difficult, but playing against that side of (Patrick) Vieira and Thierry Henry, I think that was my toughest assignment.”

While Highbury was renowned for its atmosphere, the Emirates has often been criticised for the lack of one.

That is certainly something they are striving to improve, with a boisterous crowd often proving to be a big boost to a side when they need it most.

Where the Emirates trumps its predecessor is in design however, with the wide open pitch much more suited to the expansive football Arsene Wenger wants his side playing.

So despite Carragher picking Highbury as the tougher ground to visit, there are likely to be many others who would argue the opposite.

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