What European trophies have Arsenal won and what is their best Europa League finish?

October 18, 2020 by admin

first_imgAdvertisement Ian Wright and Alan Smith celebrate the success back in London (Picture: Getty Images)What are Arsenal’s best Europa and Champions League performances?Arsenal have finished as runners-up in the UEFA Cup and Champions League without ever getting their hands on either trophy.Arsene Wenger’s side lost on penalties in the final of the 2000 UEFA Cup to Galatasaray and were beaten 2-1 by Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final.The Gunners were also runners-up in the 1980 Cup Winners’ Cup final, 1994 UEFA Super Cup and 1995 Cup Winners’ Cup.MORE: Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea star Eden Hazard is a ‘problem’ in trainingMORE: Eidur Gudjohnsen slams Chelsea players for ‘rubbish’ training session ahead of Europa League final What European trophies have Arsenal won and what is their best Europa League finish? Advertisement Comment Steve Bould and Paul Merson lift the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1994 (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are looking to add the Europa League to their trophy cabinet on Wednesday night when they take on Chelsea in Baku, a triumph which would take them to three European titles.The Gunners may have never claimed the Champions or Europa League titles in the past, but they do have two European honours to their names – the 1970 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup.Neither competition exists anymore but both were prestigious in their day and have been won by some of the biggest teams in Europe.What was the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup?Many consider this as the pre-cursor to the UEFA Cup, which was in-turn the pre-cursor  to the Europa League, although UEFA would not agree as it was not a UEFA-sanctioned competition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRunning from 1955-71, it had originally been based on friendly matches between clubs from cities which hosted trade fairs, but it developed into a tournament for runners-up across European leagues and then more spots were given to coutnries, much like the modern-day competitions.Arsenal finished fourth in Division One in 1969 and qualified for the 1969-70 tournament along with Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle after the sides finished second, seventh and ninth respectively.These sides got spots in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup as no more than one club from a certain city could compete, so Everton (3rd), Chelsea (5th), Tottenham (6th) and West Ham (8th) missed out.The Gunners beat Glentoran, Sporting Lisbon, Rouen, Dinamo Bacau, Ajax and then Anderlecht in the final to lift the trophy under manager Bertie Mee.Two years later, in 1972, the competition became the UEFA Cup.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhat was the European Cup Winners’ Cup?Easier to explain, this was for winners of European cup competitions, so Arsenal qualified for the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup by winning the 1993 FA Cup.The tournament ran from 1960-1999 with English sides lifting the trophy more times than any other country (8).The Gunners beat Odense, Standard Liege (10-0 on aggregate!), Torino, Paris Saint-Germain and Parma in the final to record a famous triumph under George Graham in 1994. Phil HaighWednesday 29 May 2019 12:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img

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