Arsenal gave an unlikely comeback their best shot for 53 minutes - before totally collapsing again as Bayern breezed into the quarters.
Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is dejected after the final whistle. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP
The whistle. Half-arsed boos. Wenger walks down the tunnel looking utterly deflated. Bayern register their third 5-1 victory over Arsenal in a row. This is Arsenal’s biggest loss at the Emirates lớn date, and they go crashing out of the Champions League in embarrassing style. Thing is, they played well tonight up until the penalty and red card, & none of the big decisions went their way. But given what happened afterwards, none of that really matters. It’s one thing being ultimately outclassed - there’s no shame in losing to lớn this Bayern Munich side - but another capitulating totally. The mood around the Emirates is resigned & funereal; it feels like the over of days at Arsenal. It’s going to lớn be an interesting climax lớn their season all right, one way or another. Last word to Stuart Goodacre: “Just lớn say that we - Lincoln - have scored four goals tonight. Roll on Saturday!”
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain covers his face with a shirt as he leaves the pitch. Photograph: Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images
90 min: There will be three more minutes of this. 180 seconds that will seem lượt thích 180 years to lớn Arsenal.
89 min: Bellerin, from the right of the Bayern D, looks for a consolation. His low shot isn’t far away from the bottom left, but whistles wide.
87 min: The Bayern fans are giving it plenty. They can be heard quite clearly, to lớn be fair. The Arsenal fans are in the pit of despair. On the touchline, Arsene Wenger looks beyond miserable. Alexis Sanchez allows himself a wry, thin-lipped grimace.
This is painful. Renato Sanches, from deep, splits the Arsenal defence with one pass. Douglas Costa, down the inside-left channel, draws Ospina before laying inside for Vidal, who sidefoots into an empty net.
Arturo Vidal celebrates his second, & Bayern’s fifth on the night. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images
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83 min: Renato Sanches slips a ball down the left for the overlapping Alaba, who nearly finds Kimmich six yards out with a low whip into the centre. Inches away from a third 5-1 in a row against Arsenal. “Can Arsenal use some of their millions lớn arrange for, say, a spaceship to lớn land on the pitch và have the trò chơi abandoned?” wonders Charles Antaki. “Or maybe the pitch could gently descend into one of those sink-holes we hear so much about? Or just offer the ref lots of cash lớn blow for time. Anything, really, to stop it all.”
81 min: Incidentally, between those two body blows for Arsenal, Bayern made a double change, sending on Kimmich and Renato Sanches in place of Thiago và Ribery.
This is getting embarrassing now, ten men or no. Mustafi passes out straight to lớn Alonso, who slips the ball forward for Vidal. He’s clear. He clips the ball over the outrushing Ospina, và into the net.
Arturo Vidal chips the ball past Arsenal keeper David Ospina khổng lồ score Bayern Munich’s fourth goal. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
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GOAL! Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich (Douglas Costa 78); agg 2-8
Rafinha zips up the right and is scythed down by Xhaka, who will be booked for that. Costa takes up possession on the halfway line, reaches the area, cuts inside Robben-style, and curls an unstoppable shot past Ospina into the left.
77 min: Lewandowski races clear down the inside-left channel. He’s one on one with Ospina, và should score, but over-runs the ball with a heavy touch. Arsenal go up the other end, Bellerin reaching the byline on the right và shooting from a super-tight angle. Bayern clear, go up the other end, & ...
76 min: Lewandowski wins a towering header in the middle of the Arsenal half, holding onto possession before passing lớn Douglas Costa on his left. Costa enters the Arsenal box và fizzes a low ball back khổng lồ the striker. Lewandowski, rushing in, meets it well, but his effort batters off the bottom of the right-hand post and away.
74 min: A bit of possession for Arsenal in the middle of the park. Sterile, as a great man once said. “I also don’t see how clip replays would help,” writes Liam Westaway. “It would just drag out the process of making bad decisions. & we’d still have lớn listen to lớn the pundits argue whether said video decision was the correct one & whether player X was just simulating being headbutted lớn try và force a clip replay with the intent of wasting time.”
72 min: A triple change by Arsenal. Ramsey, Giroud & Sanchez come off; Coquelin, Ozil and Lucas Perez take their places.