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Bayer Leverkusen Troll Arsenal On Twitter After Champions League Boast


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Bayer Leverkusen’s English twitter account has mercilessly trolled Arsenal in the social media site. The Gunners were celebrating 17 years since they beat the German side in the Champions League, with Dennis Bergkamp scoring in a 4-1 victory. But their joy was short lived when Leverkusen pointed out they didn’t qualify from the group that season.

It was meant to be a nice opportunity for fans of the North London giants to look back at better times, when they challenged for titles regularly under manager Arsene Wenger.

The likes of Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira, all of whom scored on that night, helped them to an incredibly successful period. They would go on to list the Premier League and FA Cup double that season, before becoming legendary figures as part of the ‘Invincibles’ side that went an entire league campaign unbeaten two years later.

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But they never really made a lasting impact in the Champions League, as Leverkusen pointed out. They may have won that game, rather comfortably it must be said, but they would be sent packing at that phase of the competition. In those days, there were two group stages to contend.

Leverkusen would progress, eventually reaching the final at Hampden Park in Glasgow. That night, Real Madrid won their ninth title, with Zinedine Zidane stunning the world thanks to a stunning volley. The Gunners would reach the final themselves, in 2006, but Barcelona were in the way at that point, winning late on at the Stade De France in Paris.

All of that seems so long ago for both Arsenal and Leverkusen, though. Wenger finally left last summer, many fans believing he overstayed his welcome, with Unai Emery charged with getting the club back into the top European competition from the Europa League. Leverkusen, too, have been struggling and as such haven’t hit the heights for a number of years now.

But the Gunners’ stunning victory over Bournemouth in midweek offered hope that they could finish in the top four this season, while they also face French side Rennes in the Europa League.