Arsene Wenger Says He’s Still Tortured Over Losing the 2006 Champions League Final

Arsene Wenger Says He’s Still Tortured Over Losing the 2006 Champions League Final

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is still tortured by losing the Champions League final in 2006 and admits he may take the pain of that particular defeat to his grave.

The Frenchman is currently into his twentieth season as Arsenal manager, and has managed to achieve some remarkable feats since joining the north London club way back in 1996 – including going an entire season undefeated.

But whilst he may have won six FA Cups and three Premier League titles, the Champions League trophy continues to elude Wenger, and it now seems unlikely that he’ll ever win it.

Speaking in a new book called The Wenger Revolution, by Amy Lawrence, Wenger is open enough to admit the heartache that still accompanies memories of the only time he reached the competition’s final, back in 2006, where the Gunners were cruelly beaten by Barcelona late in the match.

Regardless of who you support, it’s difficult not to feel sorry for him:

Arsenal are in this season’s Champions League so, you never know what could happen.

But with footballing superpowers like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus also in the running, it seems a far-fetched notion that Wenger will be lifting the trophy before he retires.

What do you make of his comments? Did Wenger miss his one big opportunity to be a European champion ten years ago?

Let us know in the comments section below…



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