By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will always regret the 2006 Champions League Final defeat - but he doesn't consider it a stain on his career.
The 60-year-old has won every domestic honour in England and France with Arsenal and Monaco respectively. But as a manager he has fallen short in Europe, losing a UEFA Cup Final and a European Cup Winners' Cup Final before that crushing disappointment in Paris four years ago.
Arsenal led Barcelona with 13 minutes of the 2006 showpiece remaining before two late goals denied the ten-man Gunners and deprived Wenger the chance to fill a significant hole on his CV.
The Frenchman is determined to make amends this season - starting with Wednesday night's Quarter-Final first leg against Arsenal's conquerors in Paris - but he does not feel that his career has been tainted by that fateful night at the Stade de France.
"Yes [it will always be a regret] because the game didn’t deliver what it promised to be," said Wenger. "So this time I am sure it will be different.
"But you have to accept it. It is very frustrating for a manager not to win the title but on the night I believe we turned up with a decent performance and that is all you can do.
"We played with ten men and with 13 minutes to go it was 1-0. We had a good chance to score a second and a third even and these games are decided by that."Copyright 2017 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