Arsenal have been a side in the past that have been able to count upon playing in the Champions League almost every single year, however the past decade has seen Europe’s elite club competition become more of a treat rather than a norm for fans of the Gunners. Therefore, when the north London outfit do manage to qualify for the tournament, it is no surprise that the 60,704 capacity Emirates Stadium becomes an incredibly lively place on matchday as potentially two of the biggest sides on the continent square off against each other.
The Gunners have had a number of superstars feature for them in previous editions of the Champions League, with men such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Marc Overmars and Tony Adams having all played prominent roles in a team that had been led by Arsene Wenger. Men such as Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez have all featured more recently.
Arsenal have had plenty of history in the Champions League, as they had been a mainstay of the tournament and had always been able to reach the latter stages of the competition when they took part.
The north Londoners, though, have not been able to lay claim to a previous title in the elite club competition, which is perhaps their biggest failure to date. The club have managed to reach a final before, however their 2005/06 campaign would end with them becoming runners-up after FC Barcelona managed to beat them in the showpiece.
Whilst the 2005/06 final is one of the most memorable moments involving Arsenal, with incidents like Jens Lehmann’s sending off a huge talking point, there have also been some other moments in history that the Gunners would wish they could rewrite the history books.
For example, the Premier League outfit were humiliated in the 2016/17 Round of 16 stage when they were beaten by Bayern Munich 10-2 on aggregate - with both matches having ended 5-1 in the favour of the Germans.
Arsenal were also within reach of making their second final of the Champions League in the 2008/09 edition of the competition, as they had managed to make it all the way to the semi-final stage. Unfortunately, having beaten the likes of AS Roma and Villarreal, they then came up against Manchester United. Their Premier League rivals simply had too much for them to handle on both occasions and eased past the Gunners.
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