Only one team has suffered a bigger blow in the knockout phase of Champions League than Arsenal: Sporting Lisbon, when they were handed 12 goals over two legs by Bayern Munich in 2009.
Bayern returned to haunt Arsenal this time, and the English club bid yet another good bye to Champions League Round of 16. It was somewhat of a traditional humbling by the European giant. Arsenal dominated the first half and Walcott did smash a goal past an unsuspecting Neur, however, it all went tumbling down in the second half.
It was Robert Lewandowski who opened the floodgates with a clinical penalty and with it Arsenal lost the plot completely. It was only a matter of time running out to save Arsenal another humiliation. But it wasn’t before Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa, and Arturo Vidal (brace) registered their name on the goal sheet.
One may think Arsene Wenger would put his foot down after the game, but Arsene Wenger had to say this:
Feeling down this Wednesday morning?
Console yourself with the fact you're not Arsene Wenger. pic.twitter.com/9QhXVzpORv
— Goal (@goal) March 8, 2017
Wenger put the blame on “scandalous” refereeing, but even Arsenal fans aren’t blind to what is scandalous and what is not.
The only thing that remains to be seen is if Arsenal can hold on to their beloved 4th place in the Premier League, because if they fail to do so, the club may after all see Arsene head out to a different future now.
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) March 7, 2017