Champions League: Arsenal determined to break Bayern Munich curse


Bayern Munich crushed Arsenal 5-1 in their Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday, scoring three goals in a dazzling 10-minute spell in the second half to extend their record to 16 consecutive home wins in the competition. Conceding four goals in the second half compounded a miserable night for the north London club.

Martin Keown had said earlier that he expects Arsene Wenger to stay on for another year at least giving Arsenal officials enough time to find an ideal replacement but after this result it does not looking like Arsenal can wait another season. "We were playing at home, knew we had to score a few goals and everything worked very well after the break".

Ozil played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal's victory at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, which saw Wenger's side go level on points with Tottenham in second.

Robben scored the last time the team's met when Bayern routed the Gunners 5-1 in Munich in November 2015 during the group stages after Arsenal had won 2-0 in London.

Alexis Sanchez had given the visitors hope as he cancelled out Arjen Robben's impressive opener but the tie completely swung in Bayern's favour in the second period. "Things worked very well", said the Dutch winger.

The Poland striker set up Thiago with a ideal 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.

Arsenal then raised the tempo and started pressing the hosts.

A defeat to Bayern Munich in this fashion looks like the final straw in the Chilean's patience with the forward all set to leave the Gunners after arriving two seasons ago from FC Barcelona.

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Courage, bravery, a refusal to take a backward step in the face of daunting odds, mental strength, solidarity with your teammates, and - just as importantly for players like Mesut Ozil - a deep belief in yourself and your talents.

Despite Bayern's furious protests, Serbian referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot.

Bayern Munich are now in a great form and are leading the Bundesliga charts by 7 points.

There were equally furious Bayern protests at the other end when David Alaba's cross struck Hector Bellerin on the hand, but the referee waved play on.

Robben released Philipp Lahm who put in a flawless cross and Lewandowski twisted to tuck his header past David Ospina's reach.

The Poland hot-shot then flicked Xabi Alonso's pass into Thiago's path to tuck his shot past Ospina.

Mueller came on for Lewandowski on 86 minutes and added Bayern's fifth two minutes later after Thiago squared the final pass.