Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

On-Fire Bayern All but Extinguish Gunners' Champions Hopes; Bayern Munich .............. 5 Arsenal .......................... 1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

On-Fire Bayern All but Extinguish Gunners' Champions Hopes; Bayern Munich .............. 5 Arsenal .......................... 1

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ARSENAL saw their Champions League hopes all-but extinguished by Bayern Munich as they were thrashed 5-1 at the Allianz Arena.

The Gunners have fallen at this stage in the last six years and now need to produce a miracle performance at the Emirates Stadium to overturn the heavy deficit and progress to the quarter-finals.

Arjen Robben had put Bayern ahead with a superb goal but Alexis Sanchez drew the visitors level with a welltaken finish after seeing a weak penalty saved.

Arsene Wenger, who side have lost five first legs in those six defeats at this hurdle, then saw his team rattle their hosts only to be blown away courtesy of a Robert Lewandowski header and a Thiago brace in 10 second-half minutes before a late strike from substitute Thomas Muller added the gloss.

Wenger had opted to field David Ospina rather than Petr Cech in goal, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi were tasked with dropping back into a four-man midfield when Arsenal were defending. …

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