Bayern Munich have done what many football observes and fans have described as an annual event in Champions League knock out stage against Arsenal in recent years.
Bayern Munich and Arsenal both began strongly in the first half but the Bavarian club have more swagger with their passing and it paid off in the 11th minute when the veteran Robben cut in from the right to release a thunder bolt that will surely be a contender for the goal of the season to give Bayern Munich the lead.
Arsenal did not allow that to affect their game plan and began to show character of 2006 Arsenal squad that reached the Champions League final and when Lewandowski fouled Koscielny in the box, the referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot but Sanchez failed to score the penalty only for the rebounds from Manuel Neuer to fall kindly on his path and he scored to bring Arsenal levelled with their host. From that moment onwards, it was all Arsenal but they couldn’t add to their tally even when Chamberlain made a fantastic run inside the box and cut the ball back to Xhaka who shot straight into the hands of Manuel Neuer. Arsenal finished the first half stronger but failed to capitalize on it.
On the restart, Arsenal captain Koscielny limped off in the 49th and was replaced by Gabriel. Koscielny injury saw Arsenal fall like a pack of cards within fourteen minutes, they conceded three-goals courtesy of Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara. Lewandowski overwhelmed the new Arsenal defensive pair with his movements with and without the ball. Substitute Thomas Mueller capped their five stars performance with a fine finish to put Bayern Munich on the driving seat to the quarter finals.
Arsenal are becoming a stepping stone for Bayern Munich in recent years and in the group stage in 2015, Arsenal lost by same goal margin and the annoying thing about all these defeats for the gunners is that Wenger has failed to learn anything from them.
Arsenal will need a miracle to win four nil at the Emirates stadium if they are to progress.