ARSENAL’S last 16 nightmare came back to haunt them within the space of ten disastrous second half minutes.
Arsene Wenger’s men were well in the tie after a topsy-turvy 45 minutes, with Alexis Sanchez cancelling out Arjen Robben’s stunning strike.
But within minutes of losing top defender Laurent Koscielny to what appeared to be a hamstring injury the Gunners fell apart.
Bayern took full advantage with a headed goal from Robert Lewandowski and a brace from Thiago. A late strike from sub Thomas Muller was another dagger to the heart.
A coup de grace that might hasten Arsene’s departure.
It’s hard to see Arsenal coming back from a 5-1 deficit and it looks like they are going to fail to reach the last eight yet again.
All over bar the shouting of the Bayern fans who celebrated as if they were through already. They may well be right.
For the first 20 minutes Arsenal looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Not knowing which way to turn.
It was no surprise when Bayern took the lead – and what a goal it was.
Arjen Robben is such a slippery player who escapes and baffles opponents in an instant. His finish was as good as it gets.
Arsenal had hardly had a kick and didn’t create a chance of note until they were awarded a penalty which turned this tie on its head. For a brief spell, as it turned out.
Sanchez made a mess of his spot kick but recovered his composure to score brilliantly from the rebound. Arsenal were back in business.
Not for long as it happened. Once they lost Koscielny the defence was all at sea and that hat-trick of Bayern goals means the Gunners are going out. Again.
Chances continued to come Bayern’s way in the last half an hour and Muller made it impossible for Arsenal to turn this round. It could actually have been worse.
As the BT Sport commentator said – ‘it was a quality performance from a quality side – Bayern took Arsenal apart’.