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Arsenal’s Champions League Exit a ‘Wake-up Call’ for English Football Says Wenger: The Nightly EPL

Arsene Wenger has come out fighting after Arsenal’s exit to Bayern Munich by saying that English football has received a wake-up call with no Premier League sides in the quarter-finals for the first time since 1996.

Here’s what he said specifically:

“It’s a massive disappointment for English football because for many years we have not been used to this.”

“It’s a massive wake-up call for us and it means that the rest of European football has caught up with us. We have to take that into consideration when we talk about the Premier League in the future.”

However, I disagree with Wenger. I don’t believe it should be alarm bells ringing in the EPL. Yes, it’s disappointing that Manchester United and Arsenal exited in the round of 16, but both the Red Devils and Gunners were unlucky not to advance. Of course, European football has caught up to the Premier League. That’s why the UEFA Champions League is so exciting to watch. But it doesn’t mean that the Premier League is slipping. At this stage of the tournament, it’s a knock-out competition. Both United and Arsenal faced two of the best teams in Europe in Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

If anything, no Premier League teams in the quarter-finals of the Champions League should be more of a wake-up call for Arsenal than the Premier League especially if the Gunners don’t qualify for the Champions League at the end of this season.

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  1. Ant62

    March 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I think the author and most of you commenting are in denial. Whether you like Wenger or not,he has a point.Dumping on the teams you don’t like and making excuses for the ones you do still won’t change the fact that no epl team will advance past the 16. Arsenal had issues of their own making,but United ,City and Chelsea really have no excuse.

  2. brn442

    March 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Well amen to you all..great comments.

    The Champion’s League is a cup competition. I’m actually surprised it’s been only 1 year in 17. AND considering how well English teams are doing in the Europa League this season, it makes Wenger’s comments even more silly.

    The fact that Wenger can’t even guarantee Arsenal finishing in the top four this season, shows that English football has been passing him by.

  3. Larry

    March 14, 2013 at 9:48 am

    In European competition it’s not just about having the right players it’s also about the correct tactics and the players’ ability to change during a game. Week in and week out the top EPL teams are not required to change their tactics during games much.

  4. Mark G.

    March 14, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Agreed completely. Each team didn’t get farther for different reasons, none of which reflect on the league as a whole.

    Arsenal just plain weren’t good enough, which has nothing to do with English football in general, and everything to do with the team Wenger has put together.

    City are apparently just unable to handle the pressure thus far; I think in the next couple of years they’ll break through to the knockout rounds.

    United was just a fluke. They had the quality to win that game.

    And Chelsea–well, I really don’t know what happened there, actually. But I’m glad it did happen.

  5. dano328

    March 14, 2013 at 12:14 am

    It’s as if Bould ran the team. First five games of the season, we give up two soft goals, then Bould gets too much credit in the media and Wenger pulled his training duties. The defense resorts to mistakes again. Last week, BBC Orenstein confirms this story and their was outrage. Bould is a competent # 2 who most of us wouldn’t mind taking over the team for now. Now we get a clean sheet against a team that has been rolling people. I know they didn’t have to worry about scoring, but the Arsenal did pretty good. And if not for Gervino we go through.

    • Sammy

      March 14, 2013 at 3:46 am

      Agreed, why can’t he just let Bould take charge of the team more, if this has shown to be working? If Wenger truly cares about the team, he should make his decisions based on what would be in the best interests of the team. Or is it just an egoism problem on his part that is stopping him?

    • Nc

      March 14, 2013 at 6:48 am

      I dislike gervinho as much as anyone but what exactly did he do last night that caused arsenal to be eliminated? If you think he should have scored on that late change in the penalty area I think you are asking too much. It is a miracle he even got a shot off considering how well he was marked.

  6. Dust

    March 14, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Exactly Sammy! He is blowing it out of proportion to deflect from his failings, 16 years and the squad in his image entirely has not win for 8 years…

    The squad he inherited from provides the basis for the success they had.

    To be fair Farcenal should never have been in the champions league, not Chelsea! It’s all ‘arry and Hodgesons fault!

    Seriously tho… Wenger IS at fault no one else, Man Utd could have gone through but for a Turkish delight, CFC went out because their luck run out, and Di Matteo wasn’t the tactical genius CFC fans thoughts he was and Man city blew it in Madrid and were simply outclassed by Dortmund and Ajax in the only real champions league league since it was the European cup.

    1 year in 17….

    Everyone needs to chill out.

    • Bill

      March 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

      what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  7. Sammy

    March 13, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Rather, it should be a wake-up call to HIM and HIS players more, to buck up their ideas and performances on a consistent basis.

  8. Frill Artist

    March 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    He’s obviously off his rocker.

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