Arsenal Women knocked out of Champions League as fans say it’s club’s ‘heritage’
Arsenal Women's Champions League exit has been called the 'heritage of the club' after their agonising defeat on penalties.
Jonas Eidevall's side, who reached the semi-finals of the competition last season, were knocked out by Paris FC in qualifying following a 3-3 draw in Sweden on Saturday.
Two goals from summer signing Alessia Russo and one from Jen Beattie came across the 120 minutes, with Frida Maanum and then Russo both missing in the 4-2 shoot-out defeat.
A rival fan simply wrote in response: "Heritage." A second comment laughed: "Arsenal’s European heritage."
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A Manchester United fan then mentioned former star Russo by saying: "It's the arsenal heritage.. Hold that Russo."
Another reply said: "Arsenal bottling again? Football heritage." A fifth social media user concluded: "This is Arsenal heritage."
Those fans were also mocking the results of the men's side in Europe having only reached the final of the Champions League once in 2005/06 and losing out to Barcelona.
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They have since lost in the final of the Europa League to add to their misery, returning to the Champions League after six seasons this year.
The women's side have in fact had more success, winning the UEFA Women's Champions League back in 2006/07, which was then called the UEFA Women's Cup.
Mathilde Bourdieu has scored twice in two minutes for the French outfit with Daphne Corboz's goal cancelled out in extra-time.
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Chiamaka Nnadozie was the hero as she made two saves, with Arsenal stopper Manuela Zinsberger left in tears at the final whistle.
Russo had said on joining Arsenal that she wanted to play in the Champions League, but will now have to wait to experience the Group Stages with the club.
The play-off defeat means that the Gunners will now focus on Women's Super League action having finished third last season.
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