Yet again, Arsenal have had to watch their Champions League hopes fly away after they were thrashed 5 – 1 by Bayern Munich in the first leg of the last-16 stage, reports The Guardian.
This is the 7th time Arsenal is being knocked out of the competition’s first round, twice by Bayern. They did not just concede 5 goals but also let their opponents hold 75% of the possession.
During the first half, the Gunners put forward a spirited fight. Alexis Sanchez missed a penalty that would have seen him equalize Arjen Robben’s superbly-struck 25-yard opener but later on did justice to his team mates.
However, Arsenal’s top player Laurent Koscielny got an injury in the second half, to which the Bayern boys saw as an opportunity to run a riot within 10 minutes, led by Thiago Alcantara who scored twice. Prior to this, Robert Lewandowski had headed home.
The defeat leaves Arsenal’s hopes of beating Bayern in the second half by aggregate to a near impossible occurrence.
Pressure on Arsene Wenger
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger now faces even much deeper pressure due to a continued string of poor performances by his boys.
Pressure continues to build up against the coach who has been in charge of the Gunners since 1996. Last week, reports emerged that he would call it off after the end of this season, claims that he come out to deny.
There must have been a feeling of deflated dread for Arsenal when they were drawn to face Bayern in the first knockout round of this season’s Champions League.
Their fears were put to rest when they stepped into Munich, which showed just how little they have grown ever since they last came here.