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Arsenal Reaching Champions League For 17th Consecutive Year Reason For Embarrassment, Not Pride

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Arsenal edged out Besiktas last night to ensure they progress to the Champions League group stages for the 17th consecutive time. But Arsenal fans should be embarrassed by this record as opposed to being proud.

In a game that Arsenal dominated, Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for the club, and what a time to do so; just before the halftime whistle his shot smashed into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, evading goalkeeper Tolga Zengin.

This put Arsenal through to the group stages draw where they have placed into pot one, meaning they will not face a tough game against some of the tournaments favorites for the title initially.

However, this is the 17th time the team has made it through to the group stages of the biggest tournament in Europe and most Arsenal fans are proud of this achievement; but they shouldn’t be.

To be in a tournament such as the Champions League for 17 years in a row and to never win the prestigious trophy is something that all Gunners fans should be embarrassed about.

It is true that they have come close in the previous 16 years; they were runners up in the 2005-06 season and made the semifinals in 2008-09 but have never won in the final.

How can Arsenal fans truly believe that they support one of the best teams in the world when they cannot win the Champions League? Are they blinded by love, or are they covering up the humiliation they feel when it comes to the tournament?

I’m sure that one of the short-to-medium-term goals for Arsene Wenger is to win the Champions League, and this has got to be one of the reasons why players like Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are joining the team. But how long will they give Wenger until they realize that the dream of the prestigious European trophy will not come true at the Gunners?

So my question to Arsenal fans is simple: Are you embarrassed or proud of your club for getting into the group stages for the 17 consecutive time? Let me know in the comments section below.

Joel Orme is soccer writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JOrmeFootball, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.