Wenger's Dream Left in Tatters by Milan

Wenger's Dream Left in Tatters by Milan

There have been some indignities visited upon Arsene Wenger this season, not least those eight goals conceded at Old Trafford, but being annihilated by Milan at the San Siro last night will rank right up there when they come to tell the gloomy story of Arsenal’s year of pain.

If winning the Champions League looked a distant prospect at the start of the week, the possibility seems laughable now or, in Wenger's own words, the hope of someone living in a "dream world". More pertinently, Arsenal face Sunderland in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday with the sobering reality that it is their last realistic chance of a first trophy since 2005.

The last two seasons they have been eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona, and no shame in that, but last night they were taken to pieces by a Milan team that is at best average. Arsenal may currently be up to fourth place in the Premier League but given their unpredictability this could be the last we see of them away from home in Europe's premier competition for some time.

It was Thierry Henry's last game on loan and, as a second half substitute, there must have been times when he wished he was back in his Manhattan apartment rather than part of this humiliation. He left the pitch with his arm around the shoulders of his old Barcelona team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was, by some distance, the game's most influential player.

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