Arsène Wenger remembers the Wayne Bridge goal that knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League in 2004 as “a big killer”.
The Gunners face Brighton and Hove Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, and will line up against the former England international.
Bridge was playing for Chelsea nine years ago and scored the crucial goal in extra time to send Wenger’s side crashing out of Europe.
“It was a big killer but we played three days before against Man United in the FA Cup and we lost some strength in that game, even if I mixed up the teams a little bit,” he told Arsenal Player.
“We lacked a little bit of sharpness in the second half, especially players like Patrick Vieira gave a lot against Man United, and in the second half against Chelsea he was a bit tired.
“It remains one of the big bad memories of our club, but Chelsea at the time had a good team and Bridge was an outstanding left back at the time.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 25 Jan 2013