Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s bold claims about Champions League

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out his side’s chances of winning the Champions League this season.

The Champions League is the world’s biggest club competition, but Arsenal have never won it.

The Gunners came close in 2006 when they reached the final in Paris and even took the lead against Barcelona, but they eventually lost the encounter 2-1.

Arsenal are one of the most popular clubs in the world and have a worldwide fanbase, but they are pretty much an also-ran in Europe.

The North London club are not expected to go beyond the quarter-finals, but manager Arsene Wenger believes that they could spring a surprise this campaign.

'It's much more predictable today, the outcome of the Champions League, than it was 10 years ago', quotes Wenger as saying.

'It's harder to win it. If you make a poll tomorrow and say to people 'give me four clubs who will win the Champions League', 80 or 90 per cent of people will say these four clubs.

'I don't think we are one of the four who will be favourites to win it, but football is strange, and not always predictable. Let's first qualify from the group stage and see'.

Arsenal are indeed not among the favourites to win the Champions League this season, but they do have a squad that can compete with the best teams of Europe.

Although question marks remain on their defence, Wenger’s squad has one of the most enviable midfields in Europe.

Of course, there are much better and stronger sides in Europe than Arsenal (such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich), but it is not unheard of surprises happening in Europe’s premier club competition from time to time.

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