After reaching the final of the competition with Arsenal back in 2006, and progressing through to the latter stages consistently in recent years, Arsene Wenger is a man who has come painfully close to picking up the ‘trophy with big ears’, more commonly referred to as the Champions League!
Although the current Champions league betting odds suggest that Arsenal are not the side many people expect to be picking up the trophy at Wembley Stadium next May, Wenger knows that his side is more than capable of securing glory if his young players are able to display the best level of performance possible whilst earning the lucky breaks that any side needs to win a piece of silverware.
Having played well last season until coming up against a Lionel Messi who was simply unstoppable at the Nou Camp, Arsenal fans know that their side will need to ensure that they are on the right side of Lady Luck if they are to stand a chance of winning the competition this season.
However, whilst luck will surely play a part in the competition, it is clearly a Cup that is going to be lifted by the best side, not just the luckiest at the end of the day. With this in mind, Arsene Wenger will feel that he has a squad that is certainly able to go the distance, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Thomas Vermaelen and Robin Van Persie clearly among Europe’s elite players. Wenger knows that the spine of his side is world class, provided they are able to stay fit for long enough.
If their best players can stay fully fit and firing, those betting on champions league action believe Wenger may finally overcome the biggest challenge of his career by winning Europe’s top club competition.