Coming into the game with a four-goal deficit, Arsenal had to put in a performance against Bayern Munich to ensure the fans went home happy, despite their imminent Champions League exit. However, the Gunners capitulated, once again, and the German Champions won 5-1, just like they did in the first-leg in Munich.
Here are three things that were learned as Arsenal exited the Champions League in the Round of 16 for the seventh consecutive season…
Arsenal cannot compete in Europe
This tie was practically over before it had even begun because of Bayern’s four-goal lead, yet, as Theo Walcott scored early on and the Gunners performed respectably, many started to wonder if history was going to be made.
However, the game ended just as badly as the first-leg. Arsene Wenger’s men performed horrendously in the second half and found themselves crashing out of the Champions League once again.
It highlighted the lack of quality in this Arsenal side, something that has been much of an issue in recent years. They boast a maximum of three world class players in Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil and Laurent Koscielny, who was sent off in the second half, and that is not enough at Champions League level.
This was for all to see as Bayern hammered Arsene Wenger’s men 10-2 on aggregate. Arsenal would’ve hoped they could have gone further than the Round of 16 this year, but Bayern denied their progress and made it clear that the Gunners still cannot compete in Europe.