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7 takeaways from Arsenal's complete collapse against Bayern Munich

16 February 2017

"I am happy to play Bayern one more year", he said in January after signing a one-year extension.

Arsene Wenger's troops need to have belief to beat the German champions, but that is something sadly lacking after not only their recent shortcomings against Bayern, but a bad record against the top six in England.

Bayern have not clicked this season.

And play had ended 1-1 in the first half. Switching from 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3 gives an extra body centrally and a sturdy base for the team to spring attacks from.

Still, with Cristiano Ronaldo fit to lead Real, the home fans will hope Zinedine Zidane's boys can rack up a big win to reach the UCL quarterfinals for an seventh-straight season. The results are there - Bayern are through to the knockout stage of the Champions League and seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga - but the performances have frequently been lacklustre.

There is no doubt, that if Arsenal is to progress and to have a chance to win the English Premiership again, then Wenger can not be the coach.

"We have to be very positive on the fighting front and playing front". We have to make sure we play well on the day because we are going to have to if we are going to beat Bayern Munich.

Lewandowski's goalscoring exploits were mentioned in a post by the official Champions League page, noting that he has scored 30 goals in just 33 matches for club and country this season.

Arsenal turns its attention to Europe this week, however, as it travels to Germany to face Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"We have already won there and I feel we have a chance to go through", said Wenger.

The Round of 16 has been a source of Gunners' heartache with Wenger's side losing at this stage of the competition in each of the last six seasons.

Bayern dominated possession for much of the opening half as Arsenal remained boxed in defensively, although Sanchez won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area after bursting forward at pace and being fouled by Mats Hummels.

"It'll be a step up". The Italian club trails Juventus by nine points in Serie A (Italy's first division) but remains in contention for Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) and Champions League honors. Wenger's Arsenal saw off Ancelotti's AC Milan 2-0 on aggregate.

"There is no need to be pessimistic".

"Should we just book our travel to London now?" enquired Bayern on Twitter ahead of the draw - and they would have been right to.

Arsenal were a little late getting to Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena on the eve of their last 16 first-leg tie.

7 takeaways from Arsenal's complete collapse against Bayern Munich