Arsene Wenger will determine his fate this spring

Elias Hubbard
February 17, 2017

The Gunners reach the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League - like they've done the previous 13 years - and then exit nearly as quickly as snowdrops arrive in London, signaling the end of winter.

The 5-1 scoreline looks to have all but ended the tie, not to mention any hopes Arsenal had of making it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and Wenger's team now look set to exit at the same stage of the competition for the seventh consecutive year.

Bayern's English Twitter account reminded fans of Arsenal's previous 5-1 loss in Munich from November 2015, rubbing further salt in their wounds.

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

Thiago piled on the misery for Arsene Wenger's men with his second and Bayern's fourth just after the hour with substitute Thomas Mueller adding a fifth two minutes from time.

Speaking on BT Sport following the game and reported by Goal, Keown claimed Wenger is now at "his lowest point ever" and despite it hurting him to admit, he feels the time has come for the Premier League's longest still serving manager to call it a day.

"That toxic atmosphere would be taken away in a heartbeat and it would help the team because the atmosphere would completely change at the Emirates".

They did better three minutes later when they were awarded a penalty for a handball by Lewandowski. Arsenal should give him a new contract - they need top-class players and he is one of them'.

Mesut Ozil is unfairly being used as a scapegoat as Arsenal's season threatens to fall apart, according to the German's agent. The usually reliable centre back Shkodran Mustafi had a shocking game.

"Muller can do so many things to influence a game and this is why he is a special player". Only Alexis Sanchez could hold his head high, his industrious work rate up front being the lone positive for the Gunners. Munich will face Arsenal on Wednesday.

Divine moves were combined with a devastating blood lust, as they went all out to finish Arsenal off and did that emphatically.

His best season with Bayern was the golden 2012/13 campaign. The Italian astutely took advantage, unleashing a shot from 40 yards out that nestled inside the net as Navas furiously back peddled.

"Against Bayern, he would have stood in the middle of the pitch and said: "Ox, get in here alongside me".

The sides meet in the second leg in London on 7 March.

Ancelotti won the Champions League in 2003 and 2007 with AC Milan, then repeated the feat in 2014 with Real Madrid.

Benzema's resurgence also meant good news for Zidane and Madrid, as the French striker had been criticized for lackluster performances and a scoring drought that lasted six games.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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