Leicester City booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after seeing past perennial Europa League winners Sevilla, progressing further in their maiden European campaign than Arsenal have in seven years. The Foxes are 25/1 to win the Champions League this season, and will now face either Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, AS Monaco/Manchester City, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid/Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
For Arsenal, it’s seven straight years of last-16 disappointment, their latest of which saw them lose 10-2 on aggregate to a Bayern Munich not considered to be at their best this season. The German Bundesliga giants weren’t good enough to win their group prior to the knockouts but made light work of a fragile Arsenal side enduring one of their most disappointing campaigns as things stand.
Tottenham Hotspur also drew criticism for their group stage exit and elimination from the Europa League last-16, but the Lilywhites don’t have anything close to the European pedigree Arsenal possess which is why the latter’s continual failure in the competition irks so many. 2009/10 was the last time Arsenal made it past the last-16 of the Champions League, suffering a 6-3 aggregate defeat to Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
Since then, it’s been consistent disappointment at the same stage.
Arsenal’s Champions League eliminations since 2010 (aggregate scorelines)
(2010/11) Barcelona 4-3 Arsenal
(2011/12) Arsenal 3-4 AC Milan
(2012/13) Bayern Munich 3-3 Arsenal (Bayern win on away goals)
(2013/14) Bayern Munich 3-1 Arsenal
(2014/15) AS Monaco 3-3 Arsenal (Monaco win on away goals)
(2015/16) Barcelona 5-1 Arsenal
(2016/17) Arsenal 2-10 Bayern Munich
Leicester City only returned to the Premier League in 2014 but have already done something in Europe that continues to allude Arsenal since 2010.
Would the Gunners have beaten Sevilla over two legs?