Sunday 17 December 2017

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (pictured) does not believe English football is suffering a European crisis with no teams in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but has called for the "outdated" away goals rule to be changed.

It is the second time in three seasons there will be no English team through to the Champions League quarter-finals, when there had been finalists in seven of the eight years from 2005.

Wenger - whose side have not been past the last 16 for five campaigns in a row after their defeat to Monaco - sees no reason to hold an inquest. However, the Arsenal manager is certain the advantage given to away-goals weighting in the knock-out stages needs addressing - a rule which accounted for both Chelsea and his own team.

"I don't think that you can draw a general conclusion (about the state of English football in Europe)," said Wenger. Two teams (Chelsea and Arsenal) have gone out on away goals, which I think should be questioned because it is a rule that is outdated now and that has to be changed, and I have fought for that for a long time."

Wenger continued: "It should count maybe after extra-time because this rule has been created in the 1960s to encourage the teams to attack away from home."

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