Arsenal will reach a significant milestone when they walk out to face Milan at Emirates Stadium tonight. The first leg against the European champions is the Club's 100th fixture in the Champions League.

Arsène Wenger has taken charge of every one of them but even the Frenchman struggled to recall all the highlights when he was put on the spot at his pre-match press conference.

"I have not got a big memory," said Wenger. "There is Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid but there are some big disappointments too - Chelsea for example. I also lost in the Semi-Final with Monaco. But certainly the biggest disappointment was losing in the last 13 minutes of the Final against Barcelona."

While Wenger concentrates on tonight's challenge, we trawled through the archives to pick out our highlights and lowlights from Arsenal's first 100 games in the Champions League.

 

BEST WIN

BEST WIN

BEST SAVE

BEST SAVE



BEST WIN
Real Madrid 0-1 Arsenal. February 21, 2006
Honourable mentions must go to three storming wins against Serie A opposition - the Henry-inspired 5-1 triumph at Inter and the 3-1 win at Roma, plus Fabregas' 'coming of age' tussle against Vieira when Juventus were humbled at Highbury. But it's hard to look beyond the night in February 2006 when Arsenal became the first English team to win at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid were hot favourites that night, not least because Arsenal were injury-hit and out of touch when they landed in Spain. But Henry's solo goal just after the break sealed a deserved victory and propelled Arsenal towards the Final.

BEST SAVE
Jens Lehmann - Arsenal 0-0 Real Madrid. March 8, 2006
Jens Lehmann takes this honour. Not for the penalty save from Riquelme in the dying seconds of the Semi-Final second leg at Villarreal but for his incredible one-handed stop from Raul against Real Madrid at Highbury. Arsenal's precarious 1-0 aggregate lead was almost snuffed out in the second half of the second leg when Raul hit the post from long range and then seemed certain to convert the rebound with Lehmann grounded. But the Arsenal No 1 clambered up to paw the Spaniard's second attempt away from danger. It was a quite stunning stop from a keeper at the height of his powers.

 

BEST COMEBACK

BEST COMEBACK

BEST GOAL

BEST GOAL



BEST COMEBACK
Arsenal 3-2 Shakhtar Donetsk. September 20, 2000
Remember Shakhtar Donetsk in September 2000? The Ukraine side led 2-0 at Highbury but Wiltord's strike on the stroke of half-time and two goals in the last five minutes from - of all people - Martin Keown, rescued Arsenal. That has to be the greatest comeback in a single match. But it's worth mentioning the 2003/04 campaign when two defeats and a draw left Arsenal rock-bottom of their group with three games to go. They were two minutes from elimination in their next match but a last-gasp header from Ashley Cole and then victories over Inter and Lokomotiv Moscow saw Arsenal qualify by the skin of their teeth.

BEST GOAL
Thierry Henry - Real Madrid 0-1 Arsenal. February 21, 2006
There are so many classics to choose from. Parlour's net-buster against Valencia in 2001 got Highbury rocking, Bergkamp's delicate chip finished off Bayer Leverkusen in 2002 and Rosicky's long-range special humbled Hamburg last season. But Henry, predictably, takes this plaudit. He comes close for a sublime finish at Sparta Prague in 2005 (just before breaking the Club's goalscoring record) but nothing quite beats his solo effort at Real Madrid later that season. Henry shrugged off Ronaldo, Mejia, Guti and Ramos before slamming a low shot past Casillas. It was stunning even by his high standards.

 

BEST OPPONENT

BEST OPPONENT

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT



BEST OPPONENT
John Carew - Valencia
Arsenal have been knocked over by some class acts in the past decade. Spartak froze them out in Moscow, Valencia knocked them out twice while Deportivo la Coruna outclassed them at Highbury and the The Riazor. It's fair to say that the lesser lights have troubled Arsenal more than the traditional big guns. But if you want to single out an individual, look no further than John Carew. The giant Norwegian striker, now of Aston Villa, was a menace in a Valencia shirt. He out-climbed Tony Adams to pip Arsenal on away goals in the 2001 Quarter-Final and repeated the trick in the second group stage two years later.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea. April 6, 2004
A tough call. Losing the Final in 2006 hurt, especially when Arsenal were just 13 minutes from glory. But Barcelona were a class act and Lehmann's red card left Arsenal a man short for most of the game, so it wasn't unexpected. The Quarter-Final defeat to Chelsea in 2004 was harder to take because the Invincibles were unstoppable in the League but ran out of steam in second leg against their London rivals after a hard-fought FA Cup Semi-Final defeat a few days earlier. With 'only' Monaco and Porto lying in wait, Arsenal had squandered their best chance of lifting the trophy on that sad night at Highbury.

MOST SURPRISING APPEARANCE - The squirrel

MOST SURPRISING APPEARANCE



MOST SURPRISING APPEARANCE

The squirrel - Arsenal 1-0 Villarreal. April 19, 2006
No, not a shock return from an injured player or an unusual team selection from Arsène Wenger. The most surprising appearance at an Arsenal Champions League fixture was... a squirrel. The rodent halted play midway through the first half of the Semi-Final first leg against Villarreal at Highbury in April 2006. it emerged from the West Stand, ran across the pitch and was eventually ushered out of play in front of the North Bank. "He was quite fast - and dribbling," smiled Wenger when asked about the incident in his post-match press conference.

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