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Wenger: UCL Exits Confirm English Decline

Arsene Wenger admitted that English clubs have fallen behind other European teams, as his team, Arsenal, became the fourth and final Premier League club to bow out of this season’s UEFA Champions League, losing its two-game Round of 16 series to Bayern Munich thanks to the away-goals rule.

"It's a massive disappointment for English football," Wenger said regarding the fact that this season, every English team was eliminated before the Champions League quarterfinals. "I think it's a massive wake-up call for us,” he added. “It means the rest of Europe has caught up on us. We have to take that into consideration when we think about the future of the Premier League."

However, Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes insisted that the gap between the Premier League and the German Bundesliga is not as big as is being made out. "The English teams had an unlucky draw, with Manchester United against Real Madrid and Arsenal with us,” he said. “Arsenal will be back again."

Despite pulling out a surprise 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Wednesday, the Gunners failed to progress due to the three goals it conceded against Bayern Munich in London three weeks ago. The series ended 3-3.

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