If there is any team as resilient as Arsenal, I’m yet to see it. This same team survived eight years without a trophy and all under the stubborn economist, Arsene Wenger.
In recent years, however, they have managed to qualify for the Champions League via playoffs. For the past five years though, this resilient team has always made it into the last 16, but never gone past this round. Mainly, owing to a shabby first leg display; always losing at home by a large margin and never overcoming the goal deficit in the away leg.
This season, they lost 3-1 at the Emirates to French side Monaco in the first leg at home. The gooners then went to the Stade Louis, with the hope of doing the impossible and getting across into the next round of the competition. They almost pulled it off though, with goals in either half. A third goal and Arsenal would be the first and only English team to make it into this season’s quarter-finals. Alas, it was a dream that never saw the light of day. Seems the curse still rages on, has to be a curse. Five years in a row, what say you?
Manager, Arsene Wenger, seems to have lost all hopes as well. He believes he would rather not make it to the last 16 and qualify for Europa and then go beyond that. It appears the Frenchman is also tired.
“Perhaps it would be better not to go out like this and make the Europa League – we would be more likely to win”, he said.
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