Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set his sights on winning the Champions League this season.
The Gunners have never managed to win the Europe’s elite club competition and will be looking to lift the Champions League trophy for the first time at the end of the next season. Treble winners Barcelona are currently the holders.
Wenger and his men will make a trip to Croatia for their first Champions League fixture of the new campaign. They face Dinamo Zagreb at Stadion Maksimir on Wednesday and a victory in the away fixture will be crucial for the north London club as they look to win the competition.
The Emirates club have been eliminated from the knockout stages of the competition. They have made it to their 18th consecutive season and will be hoping to achieve success this term. Wenger is eager to win their record first Champions League trophy to make his side the European champions.
“This drive (to win the competition) is immense. It has never been done at Arsenal and we were very, very, very, close,” Wenger said.
“On the other hand, I have been long enough in the job to know you have to be realistic and know that you have to put hard work in.”
“If we missed one game last year, then it was our home game with Monaco. We were not patient enough and we wanted to make the difference in the first game. We know we have some way to put that right, that is a regret of the season last year. We know as well that we can show that we have learnt from that.”
“It is more the global programme we have to absorb in the next weeks, rather than one game. I know the same team cannot play every single game over the next weeks. I try to keep the balance right and give a little breather to players who need it.”