Arsenal boss Wenger believes Champions League is getting boring

Bitter Arsene?

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has explained that the Champions League is starting to lose its appeal and that audience numbers are fading.

The Gunners are without Champions League football this season as they finished fifth in the Premier League behind Chelsea, Spurs Man City and Liverpool.

That has left them to fight in the Europa League with fellow English club Everton, who struggle while Arsenal won their first game against FC Koln.

Arsenal had previously not been out of the Champions League for the past 20 years and last season was a disaster for both Arsene Wenger and the club.

Though, Wenger was given the vote of confidence by the board and backed for another two seasons in which they will be looking to win the Europa League.

Even though Arsene Wenger believes that the Champions League is becoming boring and losing his appeal, he still admits that he is still missing it.

“Honestly yes (I miss being in it) but I must say I have nearly 200 games in the Champions League so I can feel privileged,” he explained. 

“Do I still follow it? I think that the group stage, there are not many interesting games so I choose one or two that are interesting.”

“It’s a routine now in the group stage. Look at the audiences, it has lost some attraction power.”

‘Gibbs leaving hurt more than Ox exit’

While Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the Champions League getting boring, he has also been speaking about Kieran Gibbs.

The Englishman had a long road with Arsenal but that road came to an end in the summer when he joined West Brom.

Now, Wenger has claimed that Kieran Gibbs leaving hurt more than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving.

Find out why here.