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This is the Champions League campaign that will live the longest in Arsenal fans' memories.
It began promisingly. Arsenal won a weak group containing Thun, Ajax and Sparta Prague at a canter, dropping just two points in a meaningless final fixture.
In the knockout stage, the Gunners were drawn against Real Madrid. They progressed, thanks to a stunning solo effort from Thierry Henry in the Bernabeu, and an impressive rear-guard action at Highbury.
In the quarter-finals, former skipper Patrick Vieira was bested by up-and-comer Cesc Fabregas. A dramatic semi-final victory over Villarreal was secured by Jens Lehmann's penalty save from Juan Roman Riquelme.
The final itself is almost too painful to recall. Arsenal lost Lehmann to a cruel red card before taking the lead through Sol Campbell. However, the tiring Gunners eventually fell victim to two late Barcelona goals.
Arsenal may never get closer to lifting European football's greatest trophy.