“It’s Been 14 Years” – Arsenal Coach Explains How it Feels to Reach Champions League Quarter-finals

"It’s Been 14 Years" – Arsenal Coach Explains How it Feels to Reach Champions League Quarter-finals

With the thrilling victory over FC Porto on Tuesday night, Arsenal catapulted into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, marking a triumphant return to the elite stage after 14 years, leaving their head coach Mikel Arteta in cloud nine.

"It’s Been 14 Years" – Arsenal Coach Explains How it Feels to Reach Champions League Quarter-finals

Despite a tense first-leg deficit, the Gunners rallied at the Emirates Stadium, clinching victory in a nail-biting penalty shootout, Footballrover reports.

The decisive moment came from a masterful assist by Martin Odegaard, setting up Leandro Trossard for the lone goal of the game, ultimately leading to Arsenal’s shootout success.

Despite Porto’s relentless defensive efforts, Arsenal persevered, with Mikel Arteta’s tactical acumen guiding them to victory.

Reflecting on the historic win, Arteta expressed immense pride and joy, particularly for the club’s achievement after such a prolonged absence from the quarterfinals.

I’m so happy, I’m so proud, especially for the club. It’s been 14 years not achieving the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and that’s a long time,” he said.

He credited the collective effort of players, coaches, and fans, emphasising the significance of the moment for Arsenal.

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With their quarter-final berth secured, Arsenal eagerly anticipates their next opponent, amidst formidable contenders like Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City.

Arsenal fans now await the thrilling quarterfinal ahead, with the Gunners basking in the glory of their long-awaited return to Champions League prominence.

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