Arsenal Humiliated at Home by Rampant Bayern
Ten-man Arsenal was knocked out of the Champions League round of-16 stage for the seventh successive season following a second leg heavy defeat in the hands of Bayern Munich.
The gunners were coming to the match with a huge assignment of overturning a four goal deficit. The London based outfits suffered a 5:1 first leg defeat to Bayern and this meant that Wengers’ men needed five goals to keep their hopes of advancing to quarter stages alive.
Theo Walcott stunned a 20th-minute goal to hand the gunners a lead before Robert Lewandoski equalized for the visitors by a converted penalty. Laurent Koscielny was also sent off following the foul.
The France centre-back was initially shown a yellow card by referee Anastasios Sidiropoulos for his foul on Robert Lewandowski inside the area but it was upgraded to a red once he decided Koscielny made no attempt to win the ball.
The hosts then lost concentration as Bayern scored four goals in 17 minutes. Arjen Robben robbed Alexis Sanchez of the ball and beat Ospina, before Douglas Costa made it 3-1 with a stellar solo goal.
Fellow midfielder Arturo Vidal then grabbed a late double, first with a clever chip before slotting in from Costa’s square pass. The 10-2 aggregate defeat is the worst suffered by an English side in the Champions League.
Pressure mounts on Arsene Wenger following the humiliation before home fans in the Champions League campaign. The French manager has faced criticism with a string of poor performances both in domestic and continental competitions.
A section of Arsenal fans have come out openly calling for Wenger’s resignation with placards bearing stepping down messages. The recent display of such was seen a few weeks ago when Arsenal suffered yet another defeat in the hands of premier league leaders Chelsea.