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Germany legend Lothar Matthaus

Wenger was reportedly at his lowest, after the 5-1 humiliation to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night and Sportsmail claims there was a heated dressing-room inquest at the Allianz Arena. It's become nearly painful to watch the Frenchman in recent weeks, and in his media commitments after the Bayern defeat, Wenger spoke about his players' "mental collapse" with an anger and disappointment that is very unusual for him.

"So I hope that in the future we can win this trophy - or Arsenal can win this trophy - but it's not like before I arrived, Arsenal had won five European Cups".

"I am used to it", Wenger said of the media pressure on his job. It was his 89th-minute strike that gave Bayern its last Champions League title against Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium in London in 2013.

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.

"Perhaps it's a good omen, but I don't believe in it".

It's been a gradual journey to this point over the last few years. "We'll go there to a hard ground where we'll suffer. I felt the third goal was a killer for our players and after that we had no response", Wenger said.

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Arsenal did go undefeated in group play, finishing ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Ludogorets Razgrad and Basel.

Arsenal's central defenders were petrified as Bayern toyed with their victims, with much casualness and finesse, reducing a Champions League knockout game to a glorified training session.

However, a second-half implosion by Arsenal, sparked by an injury to captain Laurent Koscielny soon after the restart, saw Bayern fire home four unanswered goals to leave the second-leg all but a formality.

"We've said before and we keep repeating ourselves about lack of leaders, lack of characters, hunger, desire".

"These kind of games you need to be focused for 90 minutes".

Either way he has a decision to make, with Xhaka and Coquelin no doubt offering the grittiest combination, although Elneny did play and score in defeat at Barcelona at this stage last season. "It is really down to our performance".

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