Ahead of Arsenal’s attempt to book their place in the Europa League final, we take a look at the last time they reached the final of the Champions League.
The Arsene Wenger-era is perhaps one that time will be kinder to as the years go on but as things stand, it really has been a case of it dragging on for far longer than it should have.
With their last Premier League trophy win now fourteen years ago and their last European honour dating all the way back to the 1993/94 season, fans of the club have grown understandably frustrated with their lack of major titles but in tonight’s crucial Europa League semi-final tie against Atletico Madrid, the Gunners have an opportunity to book their place in their first European final since 2006.
Their last one was, of course, their unsuccessful pairing with Barcelona where the Brazilian Juliano Belletti broke Arsenal hearts with his 81st-minute winner. It was a very different time for both sides, with Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona boasting the likes of Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Deco, and Carles Puyol and Wenger’s Arsenal including Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Robert Pires, and Ashley Cole.
Watch the highlights of Barcelona’s 2-1 win below:
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena