Arsenal and Chelsea have enjoyed extremely different fortunes in the UEFA Champions League.
The Gunners were a constant fixture in Europe’s most coveted competition during Arsene Wenger’s reign, finishing in the top four for 19 successive Premier League campaigns.
However, the legendary manager was never able to guide his side to glory in Europe, with the north Londoners coming closest in 2006 when they lead Barcelona in the final despite playing the majority of the game with just ten men following Jens Lehmann’s sending off in the 18th minute.
Eventually, the Catalan side scored two late goals to break Arsenal hearts and the Gunners haven’t returned to a Champions League final since.
Since then their London rivals Chelsea have been involved in three finals, losing out to Manchester United in 2008 before clinching the European crown four years later against Bayern Munich in a tense penalty shootout.
The Blues then won the coveted trophy earlier this year as Thomas Tuchel masterminded a 1-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City back in May’s final.
German starlet Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the game as the west Londoners were able to reduce the Citizens to just one shot on target in what was a memorable night for Chelsea supporters.
Despite the two London club’s spending large periods in Europe’s elite competition over the last few decades, a remarkable statistic emerged from Squawka, who posted that footballing icon Cristiano Ronaldo has now made the same number of Champions League appearances as both Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Portuguese international made his 177th appearance in the competition on Tuesday evening as he opened the scoring during Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Swiss side Young Boys.
It is the same number of matches both the Gunners and the Blues had played in the Champions League, although, Chelsea will play their 178th when they take on Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg later tonight.
Source by Football London