By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger hopes the disappointment of losing the Champions League Final in 2006 will spur Arsenal on to European glory this season.

The Frenchman was 13 minutes away from winning the trophy when his team led Barcelona 1-0 at the Stade de France three years ago despite having Jens Lehmann sent off early in the match. However the Catalans hit back with two late goals to leave Wenger still searching for his first European prize.

Manchester United stand between Arsenal and a place in this season’s Final and the first leg of their Semi-Final takes place at Old Trafford tonight. Wenger is determined to get past the European champions and make amends for that heartbreaking experience in 2006.

“I must say that 2006 was a bit special because the only game we lost that year in the Champions League was in the Final and we were ahead until the final 13 minutes,” he said.

“Our only regret in the Final is that we played with 10 men.

“It is part of a career as well to swallow your disappointment and be a winner and come back afterwards. That is what we will try to do.”

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29 Apr 2009