Arsene Wenger under renewed pressure as Arsenal bow out of the Champions League

Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League last following a 10-2 aggregate loss to German champions Bayern Munich, putting manager Arsene Wenger under immense pressure.

It was always going to be an uphill battle to overturn the 5-1 loss in Germany but Alexis Sanchez’s away goal gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope, which grew brighter when Theo Walcott’s emphatic strike gave them the lead on the 20th minute. They kept the lead into the second half needing three goals without conceding to progress to the quarter-finals.

However, the momentum swung in favour of Bayern on the 54th minute after Laurent Koscielny brought down Robert Lewandowski in the box. The French centre back was initially shown a yellow but referee Anastasios Sidiropoulos upgraded it to a red card leaving Wenger furious. Lewandowski converted the penalty and from there the misery kept piling on Arsenal.

Arjen Robben made it 2-1 on the 68th minute before Douglas Costa’s brilliant solo effort flummoxed the Arsenal defence and put the game beyond Arsenal’s grasps. The ball was also beyond Ospina’s grasps as Vidal scored a quick brace between the 80th and 85th minute to confirm the final score over two legs at 10-2.

Arsene Wenger was under pressure before the match, with some fans organising ‘Wenger out’ protests, but he could be about to reach breaking point after a fairly embarrassing display in Europe. This marks the seventh consecutive time that Arsenal have been eliminated at this stage of the Champions League and it feel Arsenal are stuck in a rut under Wenger. It is quickly becoming apparent that Wenger’s 20-year reign at the helm of the London club is coming to a close.

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