Wenger can't blame Tottenham's failings, he must look at Arsenal's lack of success

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Arsenal should have a better record in Europe under Arsene Wenger than they have had in recent years.

Three English teams out of four lost in the Champions League this week, adding further worry to the prospect of the Premier League losing a spot in the competition in the future.

Serie A has had to cope with only three teams getting entry in recent years, but Italy's co-efficient ranking is fast creeping up on England's.

This was the case even before Juventus made the Champions League Final last season, and Napoli the Europa League semi-final. English teams barely made an impact in either competition.

Last week Arsene Wenger said the blame for England's worry must be shared around. He is quoted by The Star: "It is a possibility that we will have to repair in the coming months.

"It’s not only the Champions League teams who are involved in that, it’s Europa League teams as well."

Tottenham are one of the Europa League teams who have failed to take the competition seriously in recent seasons, using it to rotate their squad and introduce youngsters.

Whether they do the same this season is unclear, but Arsenal's very own campaign has not started off well, with the midweek loss to Dinamo Zagreb.

Arsene Wenger has clearly recognised the co-efficient issue with his comments in midweek, but it's also very late to moan about it.

Arsenal have had the perfect chance to change England's record, having been in the Champions League for every full season since the Frenchman took over.

Yet they have a poor record, only getting as far as the semi-finals once, the year they reached the final in 2006.

In recent campaigns they have lost to the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but frequently this was a result of finishing second in their group.

Last season their exit to Monaco was far more unexpected, and displayed failings it is still unclear whether the manager has addressed.

Wenger can point the finger elsewhere all he likes, but a Champions League win - or even a better effort from Arsenal in recent campaigns would have changed everything, and still could.

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