Arsene Wenger has become the first manager in history to lose 50 Champions League games, with our shock loss against Dinamo Zagreb earning the Arsenal boss the unwanted award, as reported by ESPN.
The entire team performed poorly in Croatia this past Wednesday night, with a number of players in particular letting the side down. Our early dominance came to nothing, and when we went behind to an own goal and were reduced to ten men before half time, you could tell it wasn’t our evening.
Wenger is now the only manager to lose 50 games in the tournament, which is certainly something he will want to forget about.
While it’s not an accolade he’ll be proud of, it’s easy to see how he’s managed to get to this point. He has been in charge of Arsenal coming up on two decades, and has consistently gotten us into the Champions League – despite often working with a side not befitting a club the size of Arsenal.
The Frenchman has dragged us at the very least into fourth place year after year, and has competed among Europe’s elite with a team that was regularly dwarfed by the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, and a host of other top teams.
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Wenger has overseen well over 150 Champions League games during his time at Arsenal, an achievement few coaches can match. The fact that he has even carried us into the Champions League with such regularity is an achievement in itself, and most managers who were such frequent visitors in the competition would boast a similar, if not worse, record.