Arsene Wenger believes that the fact that Arsenal haven't won the Champions League is down to the increase in competition which has made it more difficult to win it now than it was earlier.
Arsene Wenger's impressive CV with the Gunners consists of three Premier League titles, but the one thing that saddens him dearly is the lack of a Champions League trophy.
Arsenal came close to ending their European drought in 2006 when Wenger's team travelled to the finals of Europe's biggest club competition against Barcelona. However, the north London club lost the game 2-1 which saw their keeper Jens Lehmann being sent off in the first half after denying a clear goal scoring opportunity.
Arsenal have qualified for the group stages 16 years in succession under Wenger but have not made it to the final stage since then. The Gunners were handed their toughest group in recent history this year, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Napoli in the mix but have managed to overcome all odds and are currently top of the group with two games remaining. Wenger discusses how the Champion League has changed over the years and how it is still the benchmark for quality in Europe.
"Well, most of the time it was a competition basically among the English teams. In the last few seasons it has become a lot more international, and it is much more difficult to win it nowadays than it was a few years ago," Wenger told www.arsenal.com when asked about Arsenal's failure to win the title.
"Well, today people have access to choose the best quality in the world. People have access to an absolutely unbelievable number of games on television.
"The consequence of that is that they will choose the best. People can watch any group game they want, but I'm sure that if you look at the audiences, most people will choose the game with the highest expected quality. People don't put up with mediocrity any more. So I think it's a good idea to promote other countries into the Champions League, but people will not watch it - they want to see the best," he replied on if more teams should be allowed to participate in the Champions League.