Bayern Munich dealt Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the knock phase of the UEFA Champions League a major blow with an emphatic 5-1 victory on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena.
Arsenal had it all to do in Munich after Bayern raced into a three-goal half-time lead at Allianz Arena.
Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 10th minute following a failed attempt to play offside and, though Mesut Ozil had a goal ruled out for handball soon after, Bayern were in control and doubled their advantage through Thomas Muller.
Petr Cech made a string of fine saves but was beaten again on the stroke of half-time, through David Alaba’s pinpoint finish.
After the break, Argen Roben made 4-0 with his first touch of the ball before Olivier Giroud reduced the deficit with 21 minutes left on the clock.
Muller compounded the Gunners’ woes with Bayern’s fifth and his second on the night with a stunning striker inside the final minute to secure the Bavarians’ third win on the continent.
Wenger made two changes to the side that had beaten Swansea City on Saturday. One was expected – Mathieu Debuchy replacing the injured Hector Bellerin – the other, Gabriel in for Laurent Koscielny, came as a surprise.
Arsenal were otherwise unchanged from the side that had beaten Swansea City on Saturday. That meant a first return to Allianz Arena for Cech since 2012, when he saved three penalties to help Chelsea win the Champions League.
Per Mertesacker continued as captain, while Nacho Monreal made his 100th Arsenal appearance.
Meanwhile, Bellerin’s absence meant a spot for highly-rated teenager Jeff Reine-Adelaide on the bench.
The result, coupled with Olympiacos’ win in Zagreb, means Arsenal will have to win both their remaining games – at home to Dinamo and in Piraeus – to have any chance of reaching the last 16.