Advertisement 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 link
After disappointing losses at California and Stanford on their road trip to the Bay Area last week, the USC women’s basketball team returns to the Galen Center looking to keep its undefeated home record intact.“We don’t ever want to lose at home. There’s more incentive to win at home,” said junior guard Ashley Corral.Expectations · Junior guard Ashley Corral and USC aim to keep their home winning streak alive against Arizona and Arizona State. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily Trojan The games against Arizona and Arizona State will have a big impact on the Pac-10 standings, as the Women of Troy (12-6, 4-3) are currently tied with the Wildcats (13-5, 4-3) and the Sun Devils (12-5, 4-3) for third place in the conference. All three teams lead Oregon and Cal by one game and trail UCLA by two games.Both Arizona and Arizona State have lost three of their past five games, but USC is not underestimating its Pac-10 foes.“We’re a different team [from last year],” said senior center Kari LaPlante. “We need to come out and execute everything … offense, box out, rebound, and then get back in our transition defense.”Arizona possesses one of the most efficient offenses in the Pac-10, as it ranks in the top three in the conference in scoring offense, field goal percentage, assists and turnover margin.LaPlante will have her hands full in the paint against the Wildcats, who boast two senior forwards averaging double-digits points this season in Ify Ibekwe (13.8) and Soana Lucet (11.4).Ibekwe also leads the Pac-10 in rebounds at 9.8 per game.“They’re very tough in transition and very athletic,” Corral said. “We have to worry about rebounding and getting back out in transition. It’s going to be a fast game.”Arizona State has one player who averages double figures in points: senior guard Dymond Simon (13.8).But the Sun Devils have a lot of depth on their bench with nine players who can come in to contribute.The Sun Devils also boast a stifling defense — their 52-49 win over Washington last week marked the sixth time this season they have held their opponents under 50 points, something the Women of Troy have only done once this season.But Corral believes that if they stick to their game plan, the Women of Troy will sweep their games this weekend and take a huge step toward clinching third place in the Pac-10.That’s an accomplishment that would hold a lot of weight with the NCAA Tournament selection committee come March.“No matter where we’re playing in the country, they’re just another block in our road, so we have to get through them and do whatever it takes to get a win,” Corral said.