Tony Cottee takes massive dig at Arsenal, fans won't be happy
By Matt Farr
Tony Cottee has taken a massive dig at Arsenal following Leicester’s Champions League heroics earlier this week.
Leicester overturned a 2-1 first leg deficit against Sevilla on Tuesday night, to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition with the odds stacked heavily against them.
Premier League rivals Arsenal, meanwhile, crashed out in the knockout round a week earlier with a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich.
With Leicester set to discover their next opponents in Friday’s European draw, the former Foxes striker took the opportunity to take a swipe at Arsenal for their own European failures.
He told TalkSport: “For a club like Leicester to be in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, it’s just an amazing achievement.
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“I’ve said all along that Leicester will be a dangerous side against anyone if they’re on their game. I’m not saying they’re going to beat the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid, I’m not that silly, but they’ll give every team a fight.
“They’ll put up a better fight than Arsenal, that’s for sure.”
Arsenal fans, who still feel bitter about their back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Bayer Munich, will certainly not have their mood improved by Cottee’s comments.
Regardless of where Leicester finish in the Champions League this season, they will go down in history for their remarkable efforts in what is their very first appearance in the competition.
They topped their group, defeating Porto, Copenhagen and Club Brugge, en route to their knockout round meeting with Sevilla.
But they also managed to do what Arsenal have failed to achieve for a seventh-successive season, and that is to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
Yet while Leicester’s European fairytale continues, Arsenal come crashing back down to earth with an uphill battle to finish in the Premier League’s top four, and qualify for next year’s Champions League.
They are currently fifth in the league, trailing fourth-placed Liverpool by five points ahead of their trip to West Brom on Saturday.
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