Bayern Munich destroy Arsenal, Madrid win

Posted February 16, 2017

"My attitude would be to play your best team".

After three straight semifinal exits in the competition, Bayern turned to Carlo Ancelotti in the hope of better fortune.

He was a key figure with 13 goals in 31 games when Bayern became the first German club to win the treble of European, domestic club and league titles and won the Bundesliga with a 19-point margin. On Feb. 4, they fell, 3-1, at Chelsea.

And then when the moment arrived, he tucked away the chance past Iker Casillas to give Arsenal an unlikely 1-0 lead at the Bernabeu. On Jan. 31, the Gunners lost, 2-1, at home to Watford.

Ozil looked off colour again as Arsenal scraped an unfortunate win over Hull on Saturday lunchtime, provoking Wenger into questioning his current state of mind. "We have to be very positive on the fighting front and playing front", he said.

There are players like Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and now Santi Cazorla who have all experienced long term injuries, and now have recovered and just are falling short, or getting injured again, it is time for Arsenal to bite the bullet in this regard.

Bayern Munich had previously eliminated Arsenal in the Round of 16 in the Champions League match-ups in 2005, in 2013 and in 2014. Perhaps with this in mind Arsène Wenger was particularly brusque with the suggestion that his team's ability to break a six-season run of instant elimination from the Champions League knockout stages might be a decisive factor in his own continued tenure as Arsenal coach.

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Hummels said: "He [Wenger] is just one of the greatest coaches we have experienced and I am 28-years-old now and all the time I have watched professional football he has always been there".

Xabi Alonso was given space to pick out his full array of passes and every time Arjen Robben cut inside on his left foot, Arsenal backed away. I want Arsenal to win this tie. These kind of games you need to be focused for 90 minutes.

"It'll be a step up".

Defeat to Arsenal would be a black mark against Ancelotti, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is backing Bayern.

Philipp Lahm floated a ideal cross into the box and Lewandowski rose high above defender Shkodran Mustafi to drill in a header in the 53rd minute.

"Because it was so bad, it was so embarrassing, it was so disappointing and there were so many failings that we've seen in previous years, those people are calling for Wenger to leave will get noisier and angrier than they've ever been".