Arsenal 1-5 Bayern Munich (agg 2-10): Gunners tumble out the last-16 again

Bayern Munich sent Arsenal crashing out of the Champions League amid a backdrop of supporter unrest at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners took the lead on the night before being reduced to 10 men as the German giants turned the tables on the north Londoners in a stunning second-half blitz.

Bayern took a massive 5-1 lead into the last 16 second leg tie and a section of Arsenal fans vented their frustrations before a ball had even been kicked.

An estimated 200 supporters led a protest march outside the ground calling for the club not to offer a new contract to long-serving manager Arsene Wenger.

However, the gloom was lifted somewhat with a spirited first-half display that saw Theo Walcott bang home the 15th Champions League goal of his career.

It was an historic strike that incredibly sees him overtake Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo in the European competition’s all-time scoring charts.

But shortly after the restart, with Arsenal perhaps unfortunate not to have bridged the gap further, it all went horribly wrong for the Gunners.

Laurent Koscielny brought down Robert Lewandowski in the area and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

He then appeared to show the centre-half a yellow card before changing his mind and going into his pocket and brandishing a red.

Lewandowski, such a reliable source of goals for Bayern, made no mistake with the spot-kick to draw the visitors level on the night.

Arjen Robben then made the most of a defensive lapse in the Arsenal ranks to put Bayern ahead on the night and 7-2 up on aggregate.

Despite Walcott’s goalscoring exploits this result was never in doubt and substitute Douglas Costa swept a third neatly into the far corner.

Battling midfielder Arturo Vidal rubbed salt into the wound by grabbing a fourth and fifth Bayern goal on the night to complete the job at 10-2 on aggregate.

Will this humiliating defeat be Wenger’s final Champions League outing as Arsenal manager? That remains to be seen but the Frenchman’s days are looking increasingly numbered after this showing.

Eurosports

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