Bayern Munich v Arsenal talking points


Bayern Munich take on Arsenal in a crucial UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg encounter at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Thiago Alcantara struck twice and Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Thomas Mueller were also on target as the Bavarians inflicted Arsenal's first defeat of the season in Europe's premier club competition.

But Wenger is limited on options, he could draft Mohamed Elneny in after the Egypt global came off the bench against Hull following his return from the African Nations Cup, or turn to Granit Xhaka, who has been banned for the last four domestic matches.

"I doubt he will sleep very much between now and a terrible (FA Cup) game on an artificial pitch at Sutton on Monday night", said Wilson. The last 25 minutes was a nightmare for us.

Real Madrid will look to advance to the quarterfinals for the seventh year in a row, while Napoli, who are unbeaten in 18 matches in all competitions, will look to gain advantage in Spain.

Shkodran Mustafi Confident Arsenal Can Beat Bayern Munich
If anything, Leeds should be more geared up than Arsenal's pampered millionaires to such atmospheres, but they still came unstuck. The 67-year-old Wenger has won six FA Cups with Arsenal to go with the three EPL titles, but a European title has eluded him.

Bayern Munich trolled Arsenal in the aftermath of their 5-1 win over the Gunners, tweeting "same again next year?" with images of the last two thumping results against the Gunners. "It's not the final, unfortunately".

The club continually failing in the same way season after season is not helping matters.

But when his most loyal supporters such as former goalkeeping coach Bob Wilson and the man between the posts during Arsenal's 1970/1 "Double" season, say even Wenger "can only take so much", perhaps the writing is on more than just a sticker. Given too much space, the Dutchman cut inside as he's done so often before and let fly with a shot that went in off the underside of the bar.

Bayern dominated, and it seemed only a matter of time before the home side would add to its tally.

Amid deafening whistles from the home fans, Manuel Neuer saved Alexis Sanchez' weak spot kick.

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The game may not go down as one where both sides do all the basics well but it is nearly certain to prove incredibly entertaining. The teams last met at Eden Park in the semifinals of the 2015 ODI World Cup when New Zealand won with two balls to spare.

But it was all Bayern after Arsenal lost Koscielny in the 49th minute.

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

The Poland striker produced a brilliant back-heeled flick to send Thiago through to score another three minutes later.

Keane also had a go at stand-in captain Kieran Gibbs.

The Poland striker set up Thiago with a flawless flick for Bayern's third goal three minutes later and the Spaniard grabbed his second with a low drive before substitute Mueller completed the rout two minutes from time. The Germany forward had come on two minutes before. "We have seen the team can step it up at the right moment", said Rummenigge.

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