Arsenal qualified for the knock-out stage of the Champions League for the 17th consecutive season with a 3-2 win against Ludogorets.
Arsene Wenger has overseen the Gunners’ consistent run in the competition dating back to 1999, and had this to say to the press:
on 17 years of group-stage qualification…I believe that the most difficult thing in life is to be consistent at the top level and so it shows that we have been quite consistent there and that we could do it again this season and hopefully we can go further. Now we have a game where we can finish top of the group, at home, and let’s maintain the quality of our results until the game against Paris Saint-Germain and then we are in a good position to finish top of the group.
on whether Arsenal wanted to win with less effort…No, we did not come here to produce less effort. Ludogorets even pushed us to produce more effort because we had to give a lot to win the game. Ludogorets is a strong team for me. Sometimes in life you don’t know how good you are, and Ludogorets at the moment doesn’t know how good they are. Maybe they’ll come back next season and learn, they have learned a lot, and they will come back with the same team and make very good results.
on what is the thing that has changed in him in his 20 years…Apart from the colour of my hair and a few wrinkles more, nothing has changed because I have the same passion for the game and I still love my club, even more today than 20 years ago.
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