The one trophy that has eluded Arsene Wenger is the Champions League. The Holy Grail that he so covets. Wenger has won everything there is to be won but somehow cannot seem to get his hands on the one trophy that will elevate him to the ranks of the greatest managers. These managers are judged on what they do in Europe and so far Wenger has come short. He came close once. So close against Barcelona in the 2006 final before two late goals took away his dream.
Arsene Wenger has assembled great teams throughout his time in Arsenal yet even the greatest of them all, the Invincibles never won the Champions League. Some people may argue that we don’t always have enough talent in Europe but if Henry, Bergkamp, Pires, Viera and co. don’t make the cut, I do not know who does.
There are others who will argue that Wenger is not good enough tactically to win matches in Europe. Considering Mourinho won the Champions League with a weaker squad than most, they might have a point. But Wenger has won the best teams in Europe including AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich.
So what is the problem? Consistency? That is a valid point. More often than not, fans are left wondering which team will show up. They might get a quick passing, fast team that will blow the opposition away or get a completely lethargic team who look like they would rather be anywhere else than on the pitch. This inconsistency has really cost us. The difference between this season than others is now we seem to be taking all oppositions seriously and winning even when not playing at our very best.
If Arsenal are able to get past Bayern Munich, they will be full of confidence and feel like they can go on and beat anyone to lift the trophy. With the kind of football they have been playing, even Bayern are wary of them. They need to approach the game with a winning mentality and then continue with that consistency throughout and just maybe Wenger can break his duck in Europe. Wenger’s style of football, just like Barcelona, deserves to be rewarded and even the toughest of critics will admit as much. He has entertained us throughout the years. It’s about time that style of football is crowned with the trophy he craves the most.