I think that Arsenal fans have perhaps been a little bit spoiled by the fact that Arsene Wenger has always managed to get the Gunners into and then out of the group stages of the Uefa Champions League. I was just as frustrated as anyone when we threw away a three goal lead against Anderlecht on Tuesday, but at least we are still in a great position to qualify.
And that is not all that easy you know, just ask our Premier League rivals Man City and Liverpool. Both clubs have spent way more than Arsenal on players in the last 10 years and even though Wenger has been able to splash out on big name players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the last two seasons, he has also had to cope without some key players like Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Ozil and many more.
So maybe we should appreciate the experience and ability that the manager and the players have showed to keep getting into at least the first knockout rounds of Europe’s elite club competition for the last 15 years or so. And we probably would have won it if not for that early Jens Lehmann red card in the 2006 final.
You ask City and Liverpool fans if they would be happy to finish second in their groups. And even Chelsea who have a doddle of a group, only have one more point than Arsenal at this point. So come on Gooners, look on the bright side!!