Following six painful seasons whereby Arsenal have failed to progress past the last 16 stage in the Champions League, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger doesn’t feel this is his last shot at winning the competition.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s opening game in the competition against Paris Saint-Germain this evening, Wenger claimed “I don’t think like that” when questioned about whether this is his last chance.
In the final year of his contract at Arsenal of course, Wenger has come under intense scrutiny for his lack of transfer activity in recent seasons but Gunners fans were appeased somewhat with the recent signings of both Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez.
With those players being 24 and 28 respectively, Arsenal have certainly brought in experienced players and that was a theme Arsene Wenger was quick to highlight in his pre-game comments recently.
As quoted in the London Evening Standard, Wenger claimed: “The squad is between 24 and 30, basically. That’s where you have a good combination of physical strength and experience. But we want to keep giving chances to young players and get the mixture right.
“I would say it’s the most mature squad I’ve had for a long time, because they are men. Certainly I haven’t had a squad of players [like this] for a long time, who have enough experience to compete.
“But I don’t think like that [could be his final chance]. I think I played over 170 games in the Champions League and it’s every time the same: you want to do well in the next one. My personal case is not at stake in that at all.”