By Richard Clarke in Villarreal
Winning the Champions League will not bestow greatness on Arsène Wenger. The manager himself argues that he is more proud of Arsenal's consistent quality in Europe's top competition than any one-off victory.
On Tuesday evening the Frenchman takes his side to Villarreal in the Champions League Quarter-Final first leg. Should they go through in the tie, it will be only the second time in Arsenal's 123-year history that they have reached the last four. The first time came in 2006 and they went on to reach the Final only to lose to a late Barcelona brace.
That's why this trophy remains very much the "Holy Grail' for the Club and its manager. However, Wenger does not concede that you have to win the Champions League in order to be called a "great manager".
"No, not really," he said. "I know some great managers who have not won the Champions League.
"It's very difficult to get a general conclusion because it's a cup. When I started in the Champions League it did not involve a lot of games. But now I believe that consistency is the most difficult thing.
"If you look at the last 10 years there are only five teams who have played consecutively in the Champions League - Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, Olympiakos and PSV.
"You have plenty of big clubs like Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Liverpool who have not been in it every year. So it is down more to consistency for me.
"Of course I want highly to win it. But we are in the Quarter Final at the moment unfortunately, we are not in the Final yet. So the job is still to be done."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 6 Apr 2009