Arsène Wenger admits Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' during Bayern Munich rout

Arsène Wenger admits Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' during Bayern Munich rout

It is also telling that Muller was on the pitch for less than two minutes before he scored.

The teams know each other well, having met six times in the last four years, and Bayern thrashed the Gunners 5-1 in Munich in their previous meeting in November 2015.

First, Arsenal must get past Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern who are on a Champions League record run of 15 straight wins at Munich's Allianz Arena.

The round-of-16 second leg at the Emirates Stadium will be played on March 7. The goals Arsenal gave away, well it was schoolboy stuff.

Alexis Sanchez had equalised for the visitors, scoring on the rebound after Manuel Neuer saved his 30th-minute penalty but the Gunners suffered when captain Laurent Koscielny limped off injured to leave the defence exposed. Pay the big bucks for the big players, so you can win the big titles.

"It worked very well today", Robben said.

"Arsenal have very good players, but we need to concentrate on ourselves and if we play our best football, Arsenal probably won't have many chances".

Bayern hit top gear after the break with a flurry of goals in quick succession.

"We have to play another game and we want to play again like we played tonight".

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A win would be monumental for the SC program and it could put them in national championship conversation not just the Final Four. Certainly, hopefully, it will crack the code a little bit for other teams to do what we're going to do to them to get a win".

Bayern spent the opening minutes camped in the Arsenal half and took the lead on 10 minutes through Robben's wonderful strike.

"(Mats) Hummels is an outstanding central defender but you can test him if you win the ball.

"But Bayern spotted that".

Neuer saved Sanchez's penalty, but the Chile global drilled home the rebound at the second attempt. As the Bayern striker sought to clear the ball from a set-piece, Koscielny nipped in front and was clattered by the Pole on the half-hour mark. As the first half ended, the match was level and it looked like Arsenal were very much up for the challenge.

Arsenal's failures can be heroic, given their tendency to mount second-leg comebacks, but to their critics, they are failures nonetheless.

Robben and Lahm combined on the right ring, the latter producing an inviting cross for Lewandowski to rise above two defenders and head inside the right post in the 53rd. Expect to see the extensively experienced Xabi Alonso sitting as the single pivot at the base of the Bayern midfield and while Alonso is an incredible passer and thinker, he is no longer the mobile player he once was.

Arsenal only had 26 per cent of the possession in Germany to Bayern's 74 per cent.

The hosts were not done with the scoring as Thiago wrapped up his brace after scoring the 4-1 with a deflected shot from the edge of the box before Thomas Mueller rounded off the 5-1 victory two minutes after his fielding in the 88th minute.