LONDON, May 5 (Reuters) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Highbury will be full of emotion when the club play their last game at the ground on Sunday before moving to their new Emirates stadium next season.
Wenger told reporters ahead of the fixture with Wigan Athletic that he never thought he would be at the club long enough to see such a change.
''It will be emotional because when we walk out there we know there will be no way back,'' the Frenchman said today.
''We cannot come back and visit again as it will be destroyed.
That makes it a little bit more emotional, as you know when you walk out it is finished.'' Wenger said the historic old stadium would always remain close to his heart.
''We close Highbury on Sunday and I would never have thought when I arrived nine and a half years ago I would close Highbury,'' he said.
''Highbury is something special for me and will remain forever something special. It's an atmosphere they can never recreate somewhere else.'' Wenger wants to end the club's tenure with a victory he hopes will guarantee Champions League football next season.
Arsenal are fifth in the table, one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur but with a much better goal difference than their north London neighbours.
Spurs travel to London rivals West Ham United for their final match of the season on Sunday.
The fourth-placed club goes through to the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.
Wenger believes West Ham will want to produce a good performance before next week's FA Cup final against Liverpool.
''If you have a cup final it's better to play well in the game before because you never recover completely after losing the game before,'' he said.
''If they go into the FA Cup final having lost against Tottenham they will not win the Cup final, I tell you.
''We've done what we wanted to do and will finish the job.
I'm confident we will finish the job on Sunday, then it's down to Tottenham.'' Reuters SI RS2150