Arsenal crushed by Bayern Munich once again

Published Tuesday, March 7, 2017 3:53 PM by Shane Barrow
Arsenal crushed by Bayern Munich once again

Bayern Munich 5 Arsenal 1 at The Emirates.
Arsenal are clearly in a shambles now.  The pressure on Arsene Wenger is mounting as calls for his ouster from his long reign as the Gunners coach. I just don't see him surviving too much longer and a change is needed or the season will be lost as the team slips downwards.

Arsenal were buyoud by the home crowd and hung in the opening half going to the break 1-1. It was not to be though as the match turned on a 54th minute red card to Laurent Koscielny. From there it was all one way traffic as there simply was no fight from the Gunners.  Bayern would find the net 5 times over the next half hour of play to run out comfortable winners.  As the whooping progressed the Arsenal fans became increasingly hostile to their team and more so Arsene Wenger with several chants directed at the embattled coach.  

Theo Walcott had given Arsenal the lead at the break, but few felt it would hold against the visitors.  as the second half began, Bayern reasserted control. After having a goal ruled out for offside, the game ended as a contest after Koscielny was dismissed in the 53rd minute.

With Lewandowski racing in on goal, Koscielny tried to shoulder the striker off the ball but could not draw level and the referee pointed to the spot. Lewandowski sent David Ospina the wrong way to equalise on the night and end the round-of-16 clash as a contest.

Robben then ensured Bayern left London with the second-leg victory in the 68th minute. Ospina sent a poor clearance right to him, and though it appeared Alexis Sanchez had won the ball back, Robben took it off his foot and scored easily. The floodgates were opened and Costa added another goal in the 78th minute when he ran at Shkodran Mustafi before curling a shot inside the far post.

Arsenal were still attempting to mount an attack two minutes later when Xabi Alonso picked off a Mustafi pass and passed ahead for Vidal to scoop a shot past the helpless Ospina. Bayern's fifth followed with five minutes to play, Renato Sanches lofting a pass over Arsenal's high line to Douglas Costa, who unselfishly fed across for Vidal.

The defeat marks the 7th consecutive year that Arsenal have gone out of the Champions League in the round of 16.