Arsene Wenger faces the sack after Arsenalís Champions League exit
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw helplessly from the sidelines as his side came within inches of qualifying for the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League. Arsenal valiantly fought their way to overturn the 3-1 deficit from the first-leg, but were unable to set course to success in spite of recording a fine 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
Arsene Wenger admits he felt the pain his team is going through following their heroic fight on foreign territory. The French boss might have also noticed that this might be Arsenal’s last Champions League battle for a year, as the club is under threat of losing their Champions League spot for the first time in 16 years.
Arsenal’s fifth spot in the Premier League casts doubt on the club’s presence in the Champions League next season. With just 10 games left in the season, the London outfit is five points fourth placed Chelsea and seven points behind third placed Tottenham Hotspur.
“I said many times that these players have a fantastic attitude and spirit,” Arsene Wenger told Sky Sports after the game. “We have the quality, but unfortunately, we have to go out of the Champions League and that hurts.
“It is very difficult to go out of this competition, especially when you lose at home. You make it difficult for yourself. We played against one of the best teams, but we have the same regrets as last year [when Arsenal lost 4-3 on aggregate to AC Milan]. Some nerves in the first leg and after when you have no choice and have a go, we show how good we are.
“I am confident that we will give everything to be back next season in the Champions League. The players who played tonight did very well, so let's finish the season on a high.”
Arsene Wenger will end his eighth successive season at Arsenal without a trophy at the end of this term. The Frenchman has recovered from abysmal start to the season, but he has been unable to shake off reports suggesting this would be his last year at the Emirates.
Rife rumors suggest Arsene Wenger will be sacked by the Arsenal board for being unable to bring any trophies and qualify for the Champions League in spite of spending a fortune during the summer.