Why Arsenal will never conquer Europe under Wenger

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Arsenal, under Arsene Wenger, have reached the Champions League for a consecutive 16-years in a row.

Now, this statistic is extremely impressive - however the Frenchman has been unable to lead the Gunners to European glory in all 16 attempts.

The closest Wenger and his side came to becoming Europe's best was in the 2005/06 season however - after an early red-card for goalkeeper Jens Lehman -the Gunners went down by two goals to one.

On that occasion, Arsene Wenger had the likes of Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Ashley Cole and Robert Pires at his disposal, however his side still came unstuck.

Since that final defeat, the Gunners have been on a downward spiral. They have been unable to win a trophy in eight seasons and have never really looked like challenging Europe's elite.

Reaching a semi-final in the 2008/09 season did put the Gunners back on the map - but on that occasion they were convincingly beaten by Manchester United.

Even if you look further back before Arsenal reached the final in 06, they had only made two quarter-final appearances under Wenger before hand - they had never really challenged.

And in the last few years, Arsenal have been further away than ever before. In the 2010/11 season, they reached the Round of 16, the same happened in 2011/12 and last season - a familiar story.

In recent weeks, there has been a new sense of optimism at the north London club - the signing of Mesut Ozil has certainly given Gunners fans belief they can compete again.

However - despite the Ozil signing - Wenger is a long way off having one of his better Arsenal sides.

Unfortunately for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, the club have a long way to go to reach the heights of their team from 2004 to 2006.

And the worrying thing for Gunners fans will be that Wenger was unable to win the Champions League when he had his greatest team and it's extremely unlikely that the Arsenal boss will create a team with such capabilities again.

Wenger was once able to call upon the likes of Tony Adams, Patrick Viera, Thierry Henry and Sol Campbell and even these stars couldn't take the Gunners to the top of Europe's elite.

Tonight the Gunners take on Marseille and begin yet another European charge.

But in a season where Arsenal are desperate to end their trophy drought, winning the Champions League will once again present a challenge too far for Wenger.

However if Wenger was to prove me wrong and go on to win this year's Champions League, it would be some way to end the drought.

But, as it stands, the Gunners are a long way off challenging for Europe's elite prize and it's looking ever more likely that the French boss will never quite conquer Europe with Arsenal.

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