Arsène Wenger loves the atmosphere at Fratton Park.

The Portsmouth faithful are known for their fanaticism and have drawn praise from Arsenal captain Thierry Henry in the past. Ahead of tonight's vital Premiership game, his manager joined in.

"It is the only atmosphere in the south of England that compares with what you come across in the north," said Wenger.

"They are very passionate. I don't know if it was just when they were new in the Premiership but they looked really genuine and positive as a crowd. I expect the same against us tonight".

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